Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 3, 2014

Tractor-trailer strikes vehicle of 78-year-old woman

PRINCETON — A Mercer County woman was transported to a local hospital Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer driver struck the rear of her vehicle, crushing the trunk and dragging the vehicle 25 or more yards west of the intersection, scraping the car against the guard rail and tearing the rear bumper off the vehicle.

“The truck driver, Craig Braden, 36, of St. Albans, said he never saw her,” Deputy W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said. Rose explained that the woman was stopped at the traffic light in front of the tractor-trailer rig. When the light changed, the truck driver started moving forward while the vehicle in front of him remained stationary. Rose said the trucker knew something had happened. “He said that he thought he had a flat tire.”

The 78-year-old Bluefield woman was traveling west on U.S. Route 460 in her gray, 2000 Nissan Sentra, according to Rose. The truck driver pulled up behind her and stopped at the traffic light. Braden was driving a red, conventional-style truck owned by All Crane Equipment Rental, based in St. Albans. He was hauling a load of concrete jersey barricades on a low-boy trailer.

“He pushed the Sentra forward, dragged the vehicle against the guard rail and it flipped around,” Rose said. Rose said the truck dragged the Sentra’s rear bumper further up the road before it fell off the front end of the truck. The trucker pulled his rig onto the apron of the road and stopped. The Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Princeton Rescue Squad responded to the wreck. Rescue squad personnel were waiting for the daughter of the victim to arrive before transporting her to a hospital. The truck driver was not injured. Rose said the wreck was still under investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the 10:50 a.m. Courthouse Road wreck had just cleared a two-vehicle wreck a little further west on U.S. Route 460 at the intersection of Route 123, according to Sgt. S.J. Cary, also of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Cary said that, in the earlier wreck, a tractor-trailer had rear-ended a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck that was driven by a North Tazewell, Va., man. He said that the drivers of both vehicles received minor injuries. No additional information was immediately available.

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