Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 9, 2014

Car crashes through guardrail, plunges 14 feet

OAKVALE — Rain and excessive speed were cited as possible factors Tuesday evening in a crash that put a vehicle into Cheesy Creek and sent its occupants to a Mercer County hospital.

The crash was reported at approximately 6:40 p.m. after a car left Cheesy Creek Road off Goodwins Chapel Road, went through a guardrail and fell about 14 feet.

The two occupants, a man and a woman, were transported to Princeton Community Hospital, said Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Initial reports stated the woman was initially unresponsive, but had awakened later.

A helicopter was not available Tuesday evening, and there was a possibility that the woman would be transferred to Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Walters said the man stated that he was the passenger and the woman was the driver. Their names and conditions were not immediately available and the crash was still under investigation. Rescuers had to extricate the occupants from the Toyota Corolla.

Rain and high speed could have been factors, said Sheriff Don Meadows, who was also at the crash scene. The road was wet when first responders arrived, and the impact had torn down the guardrail and pulled its posts from the ground.

Residents watching the deputies and firefighters said speeding was a common problem in their community.

“It had just rained before they came down through there,” said resident Christine Fulcher.

“It’s 35 mph here, but people come through here doing 70 or 80 mph, and that’s not an exaggeration,” added resident Stacy Johnston.

Oakvale Volunteer Fire Department and Princeton Rescue Squad also worked at the scene.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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