Wreck on Route 20 North

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BUCKHANNON — One person was injured following a wreck on Route 20 North Thursday afternoon.
The wreck happened as Ann Coffey, 42, of Buckhannon, was driving a 1999 Acura north on Route 20 and attempted to turn left into Kod Hill Road, according to Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
Jerry Stalnaker, 76, of Buckhannon, was also traveling north on Route 20, approaching Coffey’s vehicle.
“He didn’t realize [Coffey] was slowing or stopped in the rain and he swerved to the left just as they were turning left,” Menendez said. Stalnaker’s truck glanced off Coffey’s Acura.
Coffey was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur County EMS with minor injuries.
Menendez said Stalnaker would be found at fault in the incident but no citations would be issued.
He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. J.L. Clay and Warren District VFD. Buckhannon Fire Department was also paged out but canceled en route.
There were no injures reported Friday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Route 20 South.
The wreck happened as Troy Cornelius, 40, of French Creek, was traveling south on Route 20 to Buckhannon-Upshur High School.
“He had a child who was having a medical crisis at the high school and the ambulance had been called,” Menendez said.
So, as Cornelius was headed south in his 2006 Saturn, he went up the hill past Stoney Run Road.
At the same time, Shad Rice, 37, of Buckhannon, was slowing down to turn into his driveway.
Cornelius attempted to go around Rice’s 2011 Toyota Tundra and hit the truck before ending up across the neighbor’s yard.
Menendez said Cornelius would be found at fault in the incident for attempting to pass on a double yellow line to go around Rice but noted there were extenuating circumstances for Cornelius to do what he did.
However, Menendez noted in general that people need to slow down and pay attention to what is happening around there.
“There are more cars on the roads now than ever before,” he said. “Pay attention to your surroundings.”

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