UPDATE: Man Dies in Putnam County Crash; Community Says Guardrail Needed

By: Anna Baxter, Rahel Solomon Email
By: Anna Baxter, Rahel Solomon Email

UPDATE 2/15/13 @ 8:05 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A deadly car accident Friday morning has neighbors asking for help.

Jeffrey Bowers, 48, of Red House, W.Va., was killed Friday morning along Grandview Ridge Road in Confidence. Deputies say he lost control of his car and went over a hill. Bowers was pronounced dead on the scene.

Melissa Lewis lives beside the scene of the accident and said for years she has been asking for a guardrail on the road.

“I'm praying that after what happened to the gentlemen this morning,” Lewis said, “they really take a serious look about putting a guardrail up there.”

Neighbors like Curtis Brian Sheltz agreed. Sheltz said he drives along Grandview Ridge Road daily. He said with the road’s many twists and turns, it can be dangerous.

“We knew it was going to happen, sooner or later,” Sheltz said.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation said a guardrail in that location is unlikely. The agency uses crash data of the top five percentage crash sites to determine where to install guardrails. The area along Grandview Ridge Road doesn’t meet the criteria.

West Virginia DOT spokesman Brent Walker said, “There are a lot of areas that folks think could use a guard rail, and what we have to rely on is crash data, and we just don't see that in that area.”



UPDATE 2/15/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The name has been released of the man that died in a morning accident in Putnam County.

According to Puthan County Sheriff Steve Deweese, Jeffrey Bowers, 48, of Red House, died in the crash.

The accident was reported about 7:30 a.m. along Grandview Ridge Road in Confidence.

According to deputies, Bowers lost control of his truck while going around a curve and went over a hill.

Bowers was partially ejected from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to investigators.



UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a fatal accident early Friday morning.

The accident was reported about 7:30 a.m. along Grandview Ridge Road in Confidence.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com the driver of the pickup truck was going around a curve, when he lost control and went over a hill.

The driver was partially ejected from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to investigators.

Deputies say the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

His name has not been released.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of an accident where a vehicle is over the hill in Putnam County.

The accident was reported about 7:30 a.m. along Grandview Ridge near Red House.

Putnam County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com there is no word on injuries.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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