By Rachel Dove
KERMIT - Two West Virginia State Police troopers escaped serious injury Thursday evening, when they were involved in a single-vehicle crash while responding to a call.
According to information obtained from state police Sgt. Lively of the Williamson detachment, Senior Trooper J.D. Matheny and Trooper D.M. Williamson were responding to an accident that had occurred on U.S. Highway 52 near Kermit when they hit a patch of ice and lost control of the vehicle. Matheny sustained a minor laceration to his hand that required stitches and Williamson was not injured. The cruiser was moderately damaged during the incident.
Local law enforcement encourages motorists to use extreme caution when traveling on the roadways in times of inclement weather, such the weather the Tug Valley area has had an abundance of since the first of the year. What appears to be a wet road can, in fact, be black ice, which creates hazardous driving conditions. The best advice is that if you do not have to be on the roads, stay home.
Warmer temperatures are expected to grace Mingo and Pike counties toward the middle to end of this coming week, but it will only be a temporary reprieve before winter comes calling once again, bringing with him cold, windy days and additional snowfall.