UPDATE: Details Released in Multiple-Car Crash in Belle, W.Va.


UPDATE 6/3/14 @ 7:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- U.S. 60 is reopen after a multiple-car crash early Tuesday afternoon near Witcher Creek in Belle, authorities say.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

A 51-year-old woman from Belle called Metro 911 four minutes before the crash, according to a Kanawha County Sheriff's Department news release. She said her 46-year-old husband, Ronald Gene Pritt, was driving erratically and traveling about 100 mph.

She said he was not listening to her, and acted as though he could not hear her. She said they had just left a Veteran’s Affairs clinic and was, “acting crazy,” according to the 911 call.

Officers with the Belle Police Department and deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department started toward the vehicle.

Near Witcher Creek, Pritt lost control of his vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Impala, as he traveled east. He struck another eastbound car in a rear-end collision. That vehicle veered toward the westbound traffic and sideswiped a westbound car.

Pritt’s vehicle rolled onto railroad tracks. A parked vehicle nearby was damaged by debris.

Both Pritt and his wife were transported to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Another involved driver was also transported. The third driver was examined at the scene by Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority personnel, but refused transport to a hospital.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction experts downloaded computer information from Pritt’s vehicle.

At one half a second prior to impact, his vehicle’s speed was 86 mph. The roadway was fully reopened at 4:15 p.m.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/3/14 @ 1:13 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Route 60 in Belle is closed after a crash where a vehicle is on its top.

The accident was reported about 1 p.m. in the 2200 block of East Dupont Avenue.

Metro 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com at least two vehicles were involved in the crash and one of the vehicles is on its top on the railroad tracks. Two people are still trapped in that vehicle.

No word on the extent of injuries.

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


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