Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 7, 2013

Three people transported from two-vehicle wreck

GLENWOOD — Three people were transported — one suffering from a broken neck — from a two-vehicle wreck on Surface Hill in Mercer County on Friday morning, a Mercer County sheriff’s deputy said.

Matthew Bowling, a male in his late 20s, was traveling east on Route 20, when he encountered slick road conditions on the down slope of Surface Hill, according to Deputy E.P. Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

“His vehicle — a 1983 Dodge Ramcharger (SUV) — slipped off the road to the right, hit the power brakes and they locked up on him,” Parks said. “His vehicle slid on the wet pavement and crossed left of the center line into the path of a 2003 Chevy S-10 extended cab pickup truck. Jess McDaniel, 64, was driving the S-10, and Janice Williamson, 50, was a passenger. Both of them were from Florida. They were up here visiting relatives.”

According to Parks, the Bluefield Rescue Squad extricated McDaniel and Williamson and transported them to Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Parks said that Williamson suffered a broken neck, and was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center. Bowling was also transported to BRMC.

“As far as I could tell, no one was wearing a seat belt,” Parks said. “The wreck is still under investigation, but slick roads were a contributing factor,” Parks added.

The Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the crash site.

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