Driver flees on foot after wrecking into ambulance

BUCKHANNON — The driver of a vehicle who pulled into the path of an Upshur County ambulance Saturday afternoon fled the scene on foot. He had not been located as of later that night.

The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. as a Chevy Impala, traveling from the Old Weston Road, stopped at the stop sign, continued to the median and then attempted to pull onto WBUC Road, off of Route 33, according to investigating officer Patrolman Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department.

The Impala pulled into the path of an Upshur County ambulance being driven by Ray Rosencrance, of Buckhannon. Rosencrance and EMT Sarah Abbott, the passenger in the ambulance, were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with possible injuries.

O’Connor said Saturday night the wreck was still under investigation. He did not immediately release the name of the Impala’s passenger or the suspected driver.

The person believed to be the driver fled on foot and the person believed to the passenger initially declined to be taken to the hospital but later agreed to be checked out.

The Buckhannon Fire Department, West Virginia State Police, other officers from the BPD and the Adrian Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The eastbound lanes of Route 33 were shut down temporarily with traffic being diverted to the Old Weston Road.

In a separate wreck in the southern part of the county, a Nissan Altima left the Alexander Road and struck a tree about 12:24 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department. The driver, whose name was not available, was taken by Upshur County EMS to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police is investigating.

Banks District, Adrian and Selbyville Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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