Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 28, 2012

Crash claims juvenile

LASHMEET — A young male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle roll-over wreck Thursday evening on Reese-Harmon Road about 100 yards from the intersection with Route 10 in Lashmeet.

The vehicle was traveling toward Route 10, and had just passed Aliff Road when the vehicle slipped off the road to the right, re-entered the road, crossed the left lane, struck the guard rail and flipped two or more times over a hillside, coming to a stop about 50 feet below the road surface, according to Cpl. S.A. Sommers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

“There were three occupants in the vehicle — one adult and two juveniles,” Sommers said. “One of the juvenile passengers was ejected and died on scene.”

Sommers said that all three occupants of the vehicle were from the local area. He did not release any additional information about the other two victims, except to say they were transported from the scene by the Princeton Rescue Squad.

The Lashmeet-Matoaka Volunteer Fire Department was also on scene to assist. The Assistant State Medical Examiner also arrived on scene as well as Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain Michael Forbes.

The vehicle was so badly damaged as to be unrecognizable to law enforcement officers on the scene. Sommers said he had called for a boom truck to lift it back up the hillside in order to continue his investigation.

“It is still under investigation at this point,” Sommers said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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