Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 18, 2013

One airlifted following wreck

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ELKHORN — A McDowell County man was flown by helicopter to a Charleston hospital Monday after he was thrown from pickup truck on U.S. Route 52 near Elkhorn.

The single-vehicle crash was reported 4 p.m., said Trooper J.K. Weiss with the Welch detachment of the West Virginia State Police. The 1998 Ford Ranger was traveling south on Route 52 when the crash occurred.

“Witnesses advised me that they saw the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, driving erratically and swerving across the center line several times. They later advised he hit the embankment, hit the ditchline and flipped numerous times,” Weiss said. “He was ejected.”

The driver, an adult male from the Switchback area, was alone in the truck, Weiss stated. The driver’s name was not being released immediately because Weiss did not know the man’s medical status.

Firefighters and ambulance crews set up a landing zone in Maybeury off Route 52. Both north and southbound  traffic was halted while rescuers worked at the scene, and traffic backed up at least a mile until the crash had been cleared away. The highway reopened to traffic at approximately 5:25 p.m.

Members of the Northfork Community Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched. Cpl. C.K. Morton, Trooper C.A. Dunn, and Trooper J.C. Mann also helped with the scene.

The crash’s cause was still under investigation Monday evening.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.comē‘©