VERNER — A car accident on West Virginia State Route 80 near Verner left one woman injured after a head-on collision with a coal truck.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the West Virginia Department of Transportation had stopped traffic in the southbound lane of State Rt. 80 when a KC Transport Inc. truck driver reportedly could not slow down fast enough to stop without impacting another KC Transport Inc. truck which was stopped in front of him. The driver of the truck reportedly pulled into the northbound lane to avoid colliding with the truck, according to emergency officials at the scene.
Alisha Hatfield of Gilbert was traveling in the northbound lane of State Rt. 80 when the KC Transport truck attempted to avoid the collision causing a separate head on collision with Hatfield’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, according to officials at the scene of the accident.
According to the investigating officer, Mingo County Sheriff Deputy Josh Endicott, the truck collided with the guardrail and then came to rest approximately 70 feet from the point of impact, pushing Hatfield’s Jeep into the other KC Transport truck that was stopped for traffic.
Southern EMS arrived on the scene where they transported Hatfield by ambulance to the Gilbert Middle School football field so that she could be flown by medical helicopter to Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, Ky.
The Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) also responded to the scene along with the Department of Transportation Public Service Commission.
Traffic from the accident came to a halt for nearly two hours as officers took statements. The GVFD cleaned up the scene and Hanover Wrecker Service aided in the removal of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Traffic began to move again at approximately 12:30 p.m.
(Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.)