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Icy road conditions were cited as a factor Tuesday after a woman died in a single-vehicle crash along Falls Mills Road.
The incident was reported at approximately 11:18 a.m., according to Trooper J.L. Morris with the West Virginia State Police detachment near Princeton. The woman was later identified as Angela Harold, 39, of the Pocahontas, Va., area. Harold died at the scene.
From what could be determined, Harold was traveling east toward Bluefield,Va. when her Ford Explorer hit black ice, Morris said. Her vehicle started sliding, went over an embankment, and struck a tree before coming to rest in a home’s front yard.
“There doesn’t appear to be any skid marks or anything like that,” Morris said. “If she slid on black ice, it wouldn’t leave any marks.”
The Explorer came to rest in the front yard of Bill and Audean Crawford.
Audean Crawford said she was sitting in her living room when she witnessed the crash.
“I was sitting in this chair and I saw it come across the bank there,” she said.
Her husband, Bill, said he was watching television in another room when he heard a loud bang. At first, he thought that wind had blown over part of a metal fence. When he realized what had happened, he ran to the Explorer to see if he could help, but Harold did not respond to him. A neighbor called Mercer 911.
Bill Crawford said he and his wife had lived in the home for 50 years, but Tuesday was the first time a crashing vehicle had landed in their yard.
The Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department and the Bluefield W.Va. Rescue Squad were also dispatched to the scene.