Hazardous roads claim life; leave three injured
Debbie Rolen Rachel Baldwin
A Chapmanville woman on her way to work at the South Williamson, Ky., Wal-Mart was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 119. The 911 dispatch center says the call came in at about 7 a.m. Thursday.
The crash took place on Appalachian Corridor G , beginning on a bridge near the exit for the gas station at Victory Lane.
Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Mounts was the first law enforcement officer on the scene. When he realized the small section of U.S. 119 at that point was in Kentucky, he asked dispatch to contact Kentucky law enforcement.
A release issued by the Kentucky State Police says Post 9 received the call at 7:14 a.m., and their investigation revealed 50-year-old Lillian “Junie” Raines, of Chapmanville, was traveling south on U.S. 119 in a Ford F150, when her vehicle struck a bridge. After striking the bridge, Raines lost control of her vehicle and struck the bridge a second time, then crossed into the northbound lanes of U.S. 119, striking a Cadillac Escalade operated by Gregory Smith, the report stated.
Raines was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. Smith was first taken to the Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital, then taken on to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to the report.
According to Mounts, two other passengers in the Escalade were also taken to Williamson ARH for treatment. Their conditions are unknown Thursday afternoon.
The accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Hoyt Smith.
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