Three injured in Route 33 wreck Thursday

BUCKHANNON — Two adults and a 4-year-old child were injured Thursday in a two-vehicle wreck that happened at the intersection of Route 33 and the WBUC Road.

The wreck occurred at 1:33 p.m., when Viola Meadows, 66, of Weston, pulled out of the Huddle House parking lot in a silver 2006 Ford Focus and had crossed the eastbound lane of Route 33. Meadows did not see a white 2005 Chrysler 22-S driven by 29-year-old Ashley Hibbs, of Buckhannon, headed west in the westbound lane of Route 33 when she was attempting to cross the westbound lane. Meadows accidentally pulled out in front of Hibbs’ vehicle which struck Meadows’ in a T-bone style collision, according to Lt. Doug Loudin of the Buckhannon Police Department, the investigating officer.

All three individuals involved – Meadows, Hibbs and a 4-year-old male passenger in Hibbs’ vehicle – were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur County EMS, according to Loudin, who described the injuries as minor.

Hibbs was treated and released, while Meadows was transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital, according to Lisa Wharton, vice president of marketing, public relations and foundation for St. Joseph’s Hospital. Wharton could not comment on the condition of the 4-year-old.

No citations were issued, but Meadows is considered responsible for the wreck for failing to yield, Loudin said.

In addition to the BPD and Upshur County EMS, the Buckhannon Fire Department and W.Va. Department of Highways officials responded. A passerby with an emotional support services dog stopped to see if the canine could be of assistance, Loudin said.

“I don’t know who she was, but when she heard there was a child involved, she brought the dog over to see if it could help,” Loudin said.

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