Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 11, 2014

Route 52 blocked while responders work to clear crash

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRAMWELL — Both lanes of U.S. Route 52 were blocked on the northern slope of Pinnacle Mountain Thursday afternoon following a two-vehicle wreck about a half-mile south of Bramwell.

A vehicle traveling north had stopped to make a left turn onto a private driveway. A trucker who was also driving north in a conventional Peterbilt tractor pulling an empty log trailer attempted to stop for the turning vehicle, but his trailer jack-knifed, slamming into the driver’s side of a Dodge van that was traveling south, according to Deputy D.A. Furches of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

“The vehicle that stopped to make the turn wasn’t involved in the crash,” Furches said. “The Bluefield Rescue Squad responded, but the driver of the van did not need to be transported.”

Furches said the driver of the tractor-trailer was Richard Gibson, 41, of Jolo, and the driver of the Dodge was Wesley Lambert, 43, of Wytheville, Va. The tractor-trailer was owned by Tanner Trucking of Gilbert, and the Dodge van was owned by the Paper Clip of Wytheville.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com