Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 12, 2014

Investigators await black box information from fatal Rt. 52 crash

BRUSHFORK — Local investigators are waiting for the technical data on a vehicle’s black box to be analyzed before determining what caused a March 5 crash on U.S. Route 52 that claimed the lives to two small children.

Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Depart-ment and a crash reconstruction team with the West Virginia State Police surveyed the crash site on March 7 in front of the Deliverance Temple in Brushfork. Two girls, one 19-months-old and one 4-years-old, died in the collision.

Lt. J.E. “Joe” Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that investigators were still waiting on a report. A “black box” recorder on a Toyota Rav 4 involved in the crash is being examined by the state police. The black box records speed and other performance data.

“There are 26 pages of technical data,” Parks said of the box’s contents. “It’s very technical, very manufacturer specific.”

The crash involved the vehicle carrying the two children, a 2000 Chevrolet Corsica that was driven by Terri A. Wright, (also known as Tara Blankenship) 28, of Glen Lyn, Va., a 2009 Toyota Rav Four that was driven by Jackson Carter, 40, of Princeton, that was traveling north on U.S. Route 52, and a 1994 Ford Ranger driven by Harold Brown, age unavailable, of Bramwell, that was traveling southbound on U.S. Route 52, Sheriff Don Meadows said when the survey was conducted.

Parks said the department was hoping to receive a report by Monday or Tuesday next week.

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