Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 24, 2013

1 dies in single-vehicle wreck

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A Tazewell County, Va., man was pronounced dead at Bluefield Regional Medical Center Saturday morning following a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 19, approximately one-quarter mile east of the Bluefield city limits.

Benjamin Koen, 21, of Bluefield, Va., was traveling north on Grassy Branch Road when the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that he was operating crossed the intersection at Route 19, broke through the guardrails on the northern side of the road and crashed into a wooded ravine about 30 feet below the road surface according to Sgt. G.W. Lightfoot of the Bluefield Police Department.

“We received the call about the wreck at about 9:45 a.m.,” Lightfoot said. “He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The Bluefield Rescue Squad transported him to BRMC where he was pronounced dead.”

The Bluefield Fire Department first responders were at the crash scene. Lightfoot was assisted by Patrolman M.L. Ramsey, also of the Bluefield Police Department, Trooper J.A. Cook of the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police along with Deputies J.D. Gills and E.P. Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

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