Police say speed a factor in wreck

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BUCKHANNON — One person was cited after a two-vehicle wreck on the Alexander Road Thursday night.

A 1998 Chevy Cavalier driven by Calah Wilson, 18, of French Creek, was traveling east on Alexander Road and was in a hurry due to a dying family member, according to the report from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. Wilson’s vehicle and a second vehicle were allegedly passing cars on the Alexander Road when the Cavalier entered a right-hand curve in the roadway, according to the report.

“The vehicle was traveling much too fast for road conditions due to the skid marks and collision with vehicle two,” Deputy Tyler Gordon, the investigating officer, wrote in the report.

Katherine Ramsey, 40, of Burnsville, was driving a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and attempted to avoid the collision by moving to the right as much as possible but was struck by the Cavalier.

Gordon stated he observed approximately 177 feet of skid marks leading up to the point of impact — approximately 100 feet of those on the right side of the roadway and the last 68 feet in the opposing traffic lane.

Wilson was cited for failure to maintain control and given a warning for passing in a no passing zone.

Wilson told Gordon she was going to see her grandfather. She was slowing down and the car started hydroplaning.

Wilson was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur County EMS for a non-incapacitating injury.

Three passengers in Wilson’s vehicle — Cordell Nicola, 20; Nathan Eddy, 19; and a 3-year-old — reported no injuries.

Ramsey was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with an incapacitating injury.

Local fire departments also responded.

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