Under investigation

Off the road...

A Virginia man ran off the side of Route 102 in Bluefield, Va., Saturday morning, knocked over a directional sign and landed in Beaver Creek.  Firefighters with the Bluefield, Va., Volunteer Fire Department are shown here working to control spillage.

BLUEFIELD, Va. —  The operator of a gray, four-door Buick that was traveling south on Route 102 (North College Avenue) in Bluefield, Va., swerved off the lane, overcorrected his steering, knocked down a directional sign and landed in Beaver Creek, according to Lt. Shane Gunter of the Bluefield, Va., Police Department.

Gunter did not release the name of the driver, but confirmed that he is an adult from Virginia. “The accident remains under investigation,” Gunter said.

Firefighters from the Bluefield, Va., Volunteer Fire Department responded on foot, and worked to contain spillage from the vehicle. Beaver Creek merges with the Bluestone River about 100 yards from where the wreck occurred. Two units from the Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad responded, but were not needed. The driver refused treatment at the scene.

Firefighters provided traffic control at the scene. The wreck occurred shortly after 11 a.m. The Virginia Department of Transportation sign was knocked into the creek about 40 feet from where the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle was less than 30 feet from the Tower Street Bridge.

The rear window on the driver’s side of the vehicle was broken out prior to emergency responders arriving on scene.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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