UPDATE: 1 seriously hurt after car crashes into home in Lincoln County; man arrested

Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 9:56 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/9/19 @ 5:30 p.m.

A man was arrested and faces assault charges in connection with an incident that sent a car with four juveniles crashing into a house in Lincoln County, West Virginia State Police say.

Joshua Chaney, 32, faces four counts of malicious assault.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 214 in Sumerco.

Troopers say Chaney was driving a Dodge truck that was chasing the car with the four juveniles, one as young as 13. Investigators say that truck rear-ended the car, causing it to spin and crash into the house.

"He hit us really hard," one of the teens said. "I remember when we were turning, about to wreck, going sideways, he floored it one more time."

One of the youths was seriously hurt. She is at CAMC General awaiting brain surgery.

Sue Lovejoy, the teen's parent, said she does not understand why Chaney would do this to kids.

"We're very angry that a man would chase four teenagers and run them off a road, trying to kill four teenagers," Lovejoy said.

Two other teens also remain in the hospital with minor injuries after the crash.

Chaney was taken to the Western Regional Jail.

UPDATE 1/8/19 @ 10:45 p.m.

One person suffered serious injuries Tuesday night after a car crashed into a home in the Sumerco area, West Virginia State Police say.

It happened along Midway Drive and involved at least three cars.

"I was sitting here, and it hit the house, and it sounded like a bomb went off," witness Claude Pauley said.

While it was reported as a road rage incident, WVSP troopers say that has not been officially confirmed.

Our crew at the scene reports the car crashed into the porch of the home. It is not clear if anyone was inside that home at the time.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and for the latest information.


People are trapped inside a car that went into a home Tuesday night.

That is according to dispatchers in Lincoln County, who say it happened along Midway Drive in the community of Sumerco.

Crews are gathering on the scene, working to help people and get information.

According to dispatchers, it is not clear if anyone was in the home that was hit.

Dispatchers also say that there are indications this started as a case of road rage.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ app and for the latest information.