SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. - A Sunday evening collision on the Kentucky side of the Pete Dillon Bridge (Harvey Street) involving two vehicles resulted in injuries to three people, one of them a West Virginia state senator representing Mingo County.
According to information provided by Post 9 Kentucky State Police Trooper Hoyt Smith,H. Truman Chafin, a Williamson attorney, accompanied by his daughter, was traveling in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 119 in a a Chrysler van that was struck by a utility truck owned by Wright’s concrete that is said to have been traveling northbound on the four-lane highway, as it was attempting to turn onto Ky. Route 292.
Chafin was reported to have suffered a laceration and contusions to his face caused by the deployment of the van’s airbag, and his daughter had a minor injury to her knee, according to the trooper’s report.
The senator was taken to Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital by Appalachian First Response and the child was taken by private vehicle to have her injuries assessed after her mother arrived on the scene. The driver of the truck, whose name was not provided, incurred an injury to his leg and also was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
Belfry Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash and performed patient care, traffic control, and scene clean-up. Traffic was blocked for a short period of time until the damaged vehicles could be removed. No citations were issued and the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.
Attempts to contact the senator’s office today for an update on Chafin’s condition were unsuccessful.