HODGESVILLE — A man flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital following a Monday evening wreck remained in fair condition Tuesday, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Silas Elliot Gain, 33, of Hodgesville, was traveling south on Route 20 to Bruce’s Store at about 5:15 p.m., according to Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
While attempting to turn into Bruce’s Store, he turned directly into the path of a 1999 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Vincent Smith, 59, of Lost Creek. Smith had minor injuries but Gain was seriously injured, according to Menendez.
Although not trapped, firefighters removed the door of Gain’s 2017 Ford Fusion to be able to get the driver out more comfortably.
Menendez said it was raining at the time of the crash.
“Mr. Smith steered to the right when he saw what was happening,” Menendez said. “Part of his vehicle was off the road trying to avoid it, but Mr. Gain came right into him.”
Smith’s vehicle ended up in the Bruce’s Store parking lot while Gain’s vehicle was sideways in the northbound lane of Route 20.
Traffic was shut down for a period of time until Gain could be removed from the vehicle and the vehicle towed.
Gain has been found at fault in the wreck but whether or not there will be any citations issued is still under investigation, according to Menendez.
Menendez was assisted at the scene by Upshur County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dewaine Linger and Deputy Tyler Chidester.
The Warren District Volunteer Fire Department, Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County EMS also responded.
Gain was flown by HealthNet from a landing zone set up in Hodgesville.