Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 20, 2013

Crash claims 1

BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRUSHFORK — A Mercer County man who was a passenger in a pickup truck that ran up an embankment, spun 180-degrees and landed back in the middle of the road, was fatally injured early Saturday morning when another vehicle struck the pickup truck head-on, Mercer County sheriff’s deputies said.

Melvin Lambert, 63, of the Bramwell area, was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center by the Bluefield Rescue Squad where he was pronounced dead, according to the report filed by Deputy G.C. Paitsel of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Lambert was a passenger in a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck that was being driven by James Mabry, 48, also of the Bramwell area.

“Mr. Mabry was driving west on the Brushfork-Falls Mills Road in the direction of Falls Mills at about 1:20 a.m., when he lost control of the truck, traveled up an embankment, spun around and landed back in the middle of the road — straddling the center lines and facing in the opposite direction of where he had been traveling,” Deputy A.M Ballard of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said. Ballard assisted Paitsel at the scene.

“The second vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic, driven by Terry Sink, 50, of Pocahontas, Va., was traveling west on the Brushfork-Falls Mills Road and struck the pickup truck almost head on,” Ballard said. “The wreck occurred near the intersection with Nichols Road. Ms. Sink said that she didn’t see the truck straddling the yellow lines.”

Mabry was also injured in the wreck and was transported to BRMC where he was still being treated on Saturday morning. Ballard said that Lambert and Mabry knew Sink as well as her passenger, William Lowe, 22, of Bluefield.

“They had all been together (at a local nightclub) and had left at about the same time,” Ballard said. He said that the vehicle registration information indicated that the victim (Lambert) owned both vehicles involved in the wreck. He said that “alcohol is suspected,” but added that Mabry was in the hospital Saturday morning, and deputies didn’t have a chance to talk with him. “The wreck is still under investigation,” Ballard said.

In addition to Ballard, Deputy C.K. Lester assisted Paitsel with the investigation. The Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department also responded to assist at the crash scene.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com