Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 31, 2014

Tractor-trailer, cars collide

One airlifted after three-vehicle wreck

BLUEFIELD — One person was airlifted Thursday following a three-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer near Bluefield.

The accident occurred Thursday at approximately 3:45 p.m. A tractor-trailer pulling a large generator struck two cars near the Tinder White area on Princeton Avenue, according to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Deputy K.M. Sadler.

“We believe that the first car, a maroon Pontiac, was traveling toward Bluefield and made a left-hand turn right in front of the tractor-trailer causing him to hit the rear of her car, which then made him swerve into the other lane striking the second car, a blue Toyota Avalon, sending both of them over the hill,” Sadler said.

The passenger of the Pontiac was not transported to the hospital, but shaken up, Sadler said. The Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, Bluefield Fire Department and Bluefield Rescue Squad worked to extract another person from the Toyota Avalon. It took rescue crews more than 30 minutes to remove the individual from the vehicle.

“Although the accident is still under investigation, we had to do major extraction to get the individual out and they have been airlifted,” Green Valley Fire Chief Dave Thompson said. “We really appreciate the help from Bluefield Fire and Rescue and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department,” he said.  The fire departments and rescue squads used the Jaws of Life to help remove the person that was trapped inside the Toyota Avalon. A helicopter landed on scene to transport the individual to the hospital. The identity and condition of the person was not immediately available late Thursday.

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