Last updated: September 24. 2013 8:01PM - 4697 Views

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Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - A vehicle being driven from a car dealership in Virginia to Ramey Ford Motors in Beckley was identified as being at fault in a three vehicle collision that occurred on U.S. 119 at the Williamson West End entrance/exit.
Cecil Wayne Sluss, of Tazewell, Va., was the driver of a 2011 Ford F-150 that was listed as being owned by Ramey Ford that was in route to the Beckley dealership when the accident happened. According to Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair, Sluss is said to have exited from the West End community onto U.S. 119 in the south bound lane, directly into the path of another Ford F-150 truck operated by Willie Collins of Ethel. Upon impact, Sluss’ vehicle spun around and came to rest on the hood of a Toyota Prius belonging to and driven by local businessman, Doyle Van Meter, who was sitting in the turning lane for the West End entrance.
Collins and his passenger were both transported to the Williamson Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries they sustained in the crash. Van Meter and Sluss reported no injuries and signed medical refusals at the scene. All three vehicles were believed to be damaged beyond repair. The drivers and passenger all claimed to have been wearing their seat-belts at the time the impact occurred.
Several members of the Williamson Fire Department responded to the scene, along with emergency personnel from the Mingo County Emergency Services and STAT Ambulance. Local wrecker services were called to remove all three of the damaged vehicles from the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Williamson Police Department.


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