Wreck on Route 33 spawns second crash


BUCKHANNON — A series of three wrecks in the span of an hour kept emergency responders busy Tuesday evening.

The wrecks started at 5:51 p.m. when a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by Hannah Hamner, 19, of Buckhannon, was traveling towards Buckhannon Toyota from Route 33 while a 2010 Toyota Highlander driven by Michelle Caynor, 35, of Buckhannon, was attempting to turn west towards Weston, according to the report.  The Chevy Cobalt struck the Highlander in the front right side. No citations were issued but Caynor was found at fault for failure to yield, according to the report.

Hamner and an 18-year-old passenger Cassie Cutright reported no injuries.

Caynor and three juveniles — ages 14, 9 and 6 — were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries.

Patrolman Tanner Collins with the BPD is the investigating officer. The Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County EMS also responded.

While first responders were cleaning up from the wreck, a second crash occurred just up the road on Route 33.

Sean Ford, 39, of Buckhannon, was driving a silver 2008 Subaru Impreza toward Buckhannon in the east-bound lane, just past the Hampton Inn, when he came upon traffic that had slowed due to the wreck at the Brushy Fork intersection.

Ford lost control of his vehicle, spun around and struck a 2018 Chevy Equinox driven by Emily Gillespie, 31, of Buckhannon,  and a Ford F250 owned by Aero Corporation and driven by Daniel Turner, 42, of Buckhannon. Both the Equinox and the Ford F250 were also in the east-bound lanes.

A witness stated that the Subaru was driving at an excessive speed just before the collision, according to the report.

Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department is the investigating officer and said Ford would be cited for failure to maintain control. The Buckhannon and Warren District Volunteer Fire Department responded along with Upshur County EMS.

Ford initially reported no injuries but was later admitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he remained in fair condition Thursday, according to a hospital spokesman.

Turner was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with a possible injury. Gillespie and a 3-year-old passenger in her vehicle reported no injuries.

Another two-vehicle accident occurred at 6:12 p.m. at the Route 20 and Route 33 exit ramp.

A 2002 Ford Focus driven by Pressley Posey, 27, of Weston, had turned left onto North Locust Street from Morton Avenue, while a 2006 Chrysler 300 driven by Tina Faye Miller, 49, of Shock,  was exiting the Rt. 33 ramp and failed to yield the right of way to Posey. The Chrysler struck  the Ford Focus. 

Both vehicles pulled into Harbor Freight parking area following the wreck.

No citations were issued but Miller was found at fault for failure to yield the right of way.

Miller had one 15-year-old passenger, while Posey had a 7- and a 3-year-old passenger.

Posey was also the investigating officer in this wreck.

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