Maverick returns home after escaping accident


BUCKHANNON — Maverick the Golden Retriever is safe and sound at home following his escape from a two-vehicle accident at the Kesling Mill Road intersection Monday evening.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Haddix, of Buckhannon, and canine sidekick Maverick were reportedly travelling east, in a red Jeep Patriot Monday evening when the pair approached the intersection.

David Norman, of Ellamore, was driving a dark grey Jeep Liberty across the intersection toward Route 151. The two vehicles collided in a T-bone style, causing a large amount of damage.

After the initial impact, Maverick took off down the Route 33 shoulder and bolted into the woods. Upshur County EMS was on scene treating the victims. Buckhannon Fire Department was on scene to assist with clean up and traffic control while Upshur County Sheriff’s Department was on scene to investigate. According to investigating officer Deputy Tyler Chidester, the Jeep driven by Norman pulled in front of the red Jeep driven by Haddix, causing the collision.

Haddix was transported by Upshur EMS to St. Joseph’s Hospital with unknown injuries and an update to the patient’s condition is unknown at this time though she was reportedly able to assist in the search for her companion.

Maverick, understandably terrified, ran from the scene, but has since been located and returned home safely.

According to community reports, Maverick was located just before dark on Tuesday evening after multiple people in the Childers Run and Kesling Mill area helped search and assist in his rescue.

Thanks to quick response from EMS and other officials, all parties received care as quickly as possible.

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