Rear-end collision occurs on Route 33 East

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BUCKHANNON — One woman was injured — and had to be extricated from her vehicle — following a two-vehicle wreck that happened Friday afternoon on Route 33 east near Wolf Ridge Drive.

Carrie Harsh, 55, was driving a Nissan Rogue east on Route 33 at about 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when she rear-ended a GMC pick-up truck, driven by Christy Farrar, 45, according to investigating officer Trooper First Class R.A. Moss with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Moss said the accident happened about .2 miles east of Wolf Ridge Drive, and that Farrar, the pick-up truck driver, had turned onto Route 33 and was headed east when Harsh, who was also headed east, looked down at her radio, which distracted her, causing her to run into the back of Farrar’s vehicle.

“Carrie Harsh looked down to adjust her radio and when she looked up, there it was,” Moss said later Friday afternoon.

Harsh was entrapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated before being transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, according to Moss. There were no other passengers in Harsh’s car, but Moss said Farrar and her two passengers were planning on transporting themselves to the hospital so they could be checked out. Harsh’s vehicle had heavy front-end damage, while Farrar’s was able to be driven from the scene. 

No citations were issued. Despite the frigid temperatures and snowfall, Moss said he didn’t believe weather was a contributing factor.

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