Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 23, 2014

Vehicle pulled from Kee Dam

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County man escaped injury Thursday after his vehicle rolled into the Kee Dam.

The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. A dive team with the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department was able to locate the vehicle around 4:30 p.m. It was subsequently pulled from the water by crews with Mercer Wrecker Service. The Raleigh County-based rescue unit was contacted because dive teams from Bluefield and Princeton were not available Thursday to respond to the accident.

The driver of the vehicle became sick and pulled off the road. However, he apparently either left the vehicle in drive or failed to put it in park, and the vehicle rolled into the water, Deputy W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rose said no injuries were reported, and the driver was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Rose said the vehicle — a 2013 Kia — floated about 40 to 50 feet into the water before being submerged.

Rose, who didn’t identify the driver of the vehicle, said no report would be filed — unless requested by the owner of the vehicle for insurance purposes — because the accident occurred off of the main road, or state Route 123.

The man, a resident of Princeton who wished to remain anonymous, said when he realized the vehicle was rolling backwards, he tried to stop it.

“I got out and turned around, and tried to catch it,” the man said. “It just kept rolling down here. It’s just really embarrassing.”

Seth Light, a member of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, said dive teams were going into the water two men at a time in search for the vehicle. Light said the Raleigh County-based unit responded with two vehicles and three divers.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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