Two people lifeflighted from wrecks Friday

BUCKHANNON — A pair of unrelated wrecks Friday afternoon resulted in two people being transported via life-flight to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and one woman being cited.

Police are still investigating both incidents.

Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police said the first wreck happened on Route 20 North at 2:40 p.m. The driver of a green Chevrolet Cobalt lost control in the curve near Corder Crossing and flipped several times, ultimately ending up in an embankment about 60 feet from the roadway, Robinette said Friday night.

Due to the seriousness of the driver’s injuries, Robinette declined to immediately release the driver’s name, but did say he is an 87-year old-man with a collapsed lung, dislocated shoulder and possible internal bleeding.

Upshur EMS transported the driver to St. Joseph’s Hospital, and from there he was life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the car refused medical transport, Robinette said.

“I don’t know how many times the car flipped,” Robinette said.

The second, unrelated wreck happened at the intersection of Kesling Mill Road and Route 33 at about 4:50 p.m., said investigating officer Cpl. Dewaine Linger with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. A truck with one driver and three passengers from Ohio was traveling eastbound on Route 33, when a Subaru, driven by Ashley Nida of Elkins, attempted to cross Route 33 East from the Route 33 westbound turning lane. Nida’s Subaru pulled out in front of the truck, and caused one or both of the vehicles to hit a Jeep Liberty, which had been stopped at the stop sign on the Route 151 side of Route 33 East, Linger said. He also declined to release more details due to the seriousness of the truck driver’s injuries; the driver of the truck had to be life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. The three passengers in the truck were transported via Upshur EMS and treated at
St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Linger cited Nida for failure to yield the right-of-way.

More information regarding both wrecks will appear in a future edition of The
Record Delta.

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