Kesling Mill crash calls for HealthNet


BUCKHANNON — A Tuesday afternoon crash that summonsed the services of HealthNet was the latest in a series of serious accidents at the Kesling Mill crossover.

At approximately 3:25 p.m. on April 27, a red 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by Elizabeth Henline was attempting to cross Route 33 when it struck a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe traveling east. Henline, age 34, said she stopped in the middle of the intersection and thought she had enough time to proceed across the highway, but when she looked up there was a car and they collided. Her two passengers, Richard Ferrant and 5-year-old child, were uninjured, but the elderly occupants of the Santa Fe were not so lucky. The Santa Fe reportedly exited the roadway after the collision and flipped before landing on its side.

The driver of the SUV was 84-year-old Ben Elbon, of Standardsville, Virginia and his passenger was 91-year-old Beatrice Ciancio. Elbon was reportedly entrapped and had to be extricated before being flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Ciancio was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur EMS.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident and Buckhannon Fire Department, among others, assisted on the scene.

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