Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 27, 2013

Two wrecks delay traffic on Route 52

By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Two accidents blocked traffic on both sides of U.S. Route 52 Friday afternoon near the Bluefield city limits.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the driver of a dump truck lost control of his vehicle and hit the side of the cliff in front of the New Image store on Route 52 within the city limits according to Sgt. G.W. Lightfoot with the Bluefield Police Department. Lightfoot said no charges were expected in the wreck.

Minutes later, a second accident in front of the Fleet Pride, Inc. on U.S. Route 52 just near the city welcome sign, according to Lt. Joe Parks with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

“Traffic was backed up from the first accident and the driver of the light blue Chevy Cavalier stopped for the crews,” Parks said. “The driver of a dark blue Subaru Forester behind him did not. Speed was a factor in this incident.”

Parks said the driver of a dark blue Subaru Forester said he was distracted by something in his vehicle and did not stop in time to avoid collision with the Subaru. The Subaru suffered front-end damage while the Cavalier had both rear-end and front-end damage. In addition to being struck in the rear, the impact also sent the Cavalier into the side of a cliff.

Parks said the driver of the Subaru will be cited for reckless driving.

No one was injured in either accident and both the Bluefield Fire Department and Bluefield Rescue Squad responded to both wrecks.

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com