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February 8, 2013

Mercer County man survives single-vehicle wreck

PRINCETON — The driver of a Dodge Stratus was pulled from the wreckage of his vehicle early Thursday morning after losing control and rolling the vehicle in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 460 near the Courthouse Road intersection in Princeton.

Paramedics with the Princeton Rescue Squad and deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department got the driver out of the vehicle that left a crash scene of more than 500 feet, according to Deputy E.P. Parks.

“He was upside-down, but still in his seat belt when we got him out,” Parks said. “He was unconscious when emergency responders first arrived, but he came to when they started getting him out.”

The driver, James Cook, 69, of Bluefield, was observed traveling at a high rate of speed when he went off the road to the right, according to a statement that Parks took from a witness. Cook’s 2005 Stratus weaved back into the road before going off the road where it struck the bank with great force.

“I don’t think that the car rolled many times,” Parks said. “I think it just flipped in the air.” When the vehicle landed on its roof on the right-side of the road, it was headed west. The impact of the crash knocked the motor and radiator out of the engine compartment. “He said he can’t remember what happened,” Parks said.

The Princeton Rescue Squad transported the victim to Bluefield Regional Medical Center. “I saw him at the hospital, and I think he’ll be all right,” Parks said.

The wreck was initially reported at about 8:35 a.m. Mercer County Sheriff D.B. “Don” Meadows was at the scene. He said that he has already increased patrols on U.S. Route 460 in Mercer County, and said that he plans to increase patrols even more.

The Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the wreck site.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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