A Chapmanville woman on her way to work at the South Williamson Wal-Mart was killed and three others injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 119. The 911 dispatch center says the call came in at about 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
The accident took place on U.S. 119, beginning on a bridge near the exit for the gas station at Victory Lane.
Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Mounts was the first law enforcement on scene. When he realized the small section of U.S. 119 at that point was in Kentucky, he requested dispatch contact Kentucky law enforcement.
A release issued by the Kentucky State Police says Post 9 received the call at 7:14 a.m., and their investigation revealed 50-year-old Lillian “Junie” Raines, of Chapmanville, was traveling south on U.S. 119 in a Ford F150, when her vehicle struck a bridge. After striking the bridge, Raines lost control of her vehicle and struck the bridge a second time, then crossed into the northbound lanes of U.S. 119, striking a a Cadillac Escalade operated by Gregory Smith.
Raines was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was first transported to the South Williamson ARH, then transported on to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of his injuries. According to Deputy Mounts, two other passengers of the Escalade were also taken to South Williamson ARH for treatment. Their current conditions are unknown.
The accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Hoyt Smith.