The Logan County Sheriff’s Department has released the following press release concerning a fatal accident at Stone Branch Thursday.
“On today’s date, Thursday, July 17, 2014 at approximately 10:35 a.m., Deputy D.J. Miller of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three vehicle crash on WV Rt. 10 in the Stone Branch area near Chapmanville, Logan County.
Deputy Miller found through his investigation that Eddie Mullins, age 27 of Chapmanville, was operating a 2002 Chevy Malibu while traveling North on WV Rt 10 when he went left of center crossing over into the on-coming lane of traffic.
Shane Hoosier, age 34 of Harts, was driving his vehicle in the South bound lane when he notice the Malibu coming over into his lane of traffic. Mr. Hoosier moved his vehicle over as far to the guardrail as he could to avoid having contact with the Malibu when he grazed the guardrail with his vehicle. Mr. Hoosier had no physical contact with the Malibu. However, Mr. Mullins’ Malibu continued into the path of the South bound lane of traffic right into the pathway of Dewanna Dalton, age 45 of Harts, who was operating a 2005 Chevy Z71 Silverado truck striking Mrs. Dalton’s truck head-on.
Mrs. Dalton was flown by Air Evac to Cabell Huntington Hospital due to serious injuries she received from the crash. Mr. Mullins and his two passengers, a Terry Fowler, age 39 of Chapmanville, and a second unknown male were trapped in the Malibu and had to be extracted by members of the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department. All three individuals received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced deceased at the crash scene by Medical Examiner Mike Casey.
The Logan County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Sgt. A. Browning, of the Chapmanville Police Department, who later helped possibly identify the second passenger in the Malibu. At this time officers believe that passenger to be Michael Johnson, age 38 of Harts. Medical Examiner Casey has sent Mr. Johnson’s body to the WV Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification. Relatives of the deceased have been notified.
Sheriff Sonya M. Dingess Porter states, “speed may have played a factor into this crash according to deputies.” This crash is still under investigation by Deputy D. J. Miller, who was also assisted by Captain D. E. Brown and Cpl. M. B. Carter of the Logan Sheriff’s Department.”