Fiery Crash Sends Five People to Hospital

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A head-on crash caused two cars to go up in flames and sent five people to the hospital.

Deputies say Chris Henry, of Ravenswood, was traveling northbound on Route 2 about 4 p.m. Tuesday, when he tried to pass an SUV.

It happened near the intersection to North Century Road in Ravenswood, not far from the aluminum plant.

The man who was being passed told deputies Henry was riding close to his bumper. He saw Henry make a move to pass him when Henry crashed his station wagon head-on into a pickup truck, driven by Robert Evans, of Ripley, heading southbound.

That caused Henry's car to go back into the north bound lane and into the path of a third truck, driven by Bryan Reed, of Ravenswood, along with his fiancé and infant son inside.

Witnesses say the crash caused Evans' truck to go airborne, strike a guardrail and land on its side. Deputies say the truck was found on the railroad tracks about 15 feet below the road.

Police say the impact of the crash caused Henry and Evans' truck to catch fire and were soon engulfed in flames.

Witnesses told police Reed helped pull the drivers out of the other two cars before emergency crews arrived.

Henry was rushed by ambulance to Pleasant Valley Hospital with injuries. Evans was taken to Jackson General Hospital. Reed, his fiancé and baby son drove to Jackson General Hospital for medical observation.

No word yet if any of the injuries were life threatening.

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