Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 25, 2013

Single-vehicle wreck sends Bluefield man to hospital

MIDWAY — The driver of a full-size pickup truck was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center Wednesday evening after flipping his vehicle on the Old Bramwell Road in Midway about 40 yards north of the Harry Farm Road intersection.

A responding deputy with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department administered a field sobriety test to Kenneth West, 51, of Bluefield, before paramedics with the Bluefield Rescue Squad transported to him to BRMC.

Deputy J.E. Coulter with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department stayed with the accident scene while Trooper B.R. Wood of the Princeton Detachment, West Virginia State Police traveled to the hospital to meet with West.

“Mr. West was driving on a revoked driver’s license due to a previous DUI,” Coulter said. “Trooper arrested Mr. West at the hospital (Wednesday night) on another DUI charge.”

Emergency responders received the call for the wreck at 7:09 p.m.

Since part of the Old Bramwell Road is in the city limits and part is in Mercer County, Bluefield firefighters as well as patrolmen with the Bluefield Police Department responded to the crash site in addition to firefighters with the Bluewell volunteer Fire Department, state police and Mercer County sheriff’s deputies.

At the scene, it appeared as though West’s 1995 Ford F-150 XL pickup truck went off the road to the right, traveled a distance until it struck and broke a set of concrete steps on a hillside, then flipped on its top in the middle of the road.

The distance between where the pickup went off the road to where it landed on its roof was approximately 50-55 feet.

West was ambulatory at the crash site.

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