A Logan woman was killed in a collision with an extended-cab pickup truck yesterday around 3:16 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Route 119 and the Old Logan Road (old State Route 10).
“Cpl. B.D. Cobb was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Route 119 at the Old Logan Road intersection. Dispatchers states that two vehicles were involved and there were multiple injuries and one person has been ejected,” according to a press release issued this morning by Logan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Sgt. Sonya M. Dingess Porter.
“During the officer’s investigation, it was determined that a Suzuki XL7 SUV driven by Angela Lester, pulled from Old Logan Road attempting to make a left hand turn onto U.S. Route 119 (South). The Suzuki pulled into the path of an oncoming Ford F250 Super Duty pickup truck that was traveling north on U.S. Route 119. Six patients were transported from the Ford F250. Angela Lester, 50, from Logan, was pronounced dead at Logan Regional Medical Center. The driver of the Ford F250 sustained minor injuries.”
The Suzuki was left in the center of the intersection, while the truck came to rest on the mountainside across from the intersection in the southbound lanes.
Angela Lester was associated with The Logan Banner and had worked for attorney Jerry White and for the Logan County Prosecuting Attorney’s office as a legal secretary, according to reports.
At least two of Lester’s daughters were injured in the crash, according to a report from a family member.
The Old Logan Road from the Peck's Mill Bridge to the intersection was closed down for nearly two hours as crews cleared the wreck from the highway.
Traffic was stalled in the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 119 for more than two hours as the northbound passing lane had to be closed due to the wreckage and the police investigation.
Members of the Chapmanville Fire Department, Henlawson Fire Department, Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority ambulances and workers from the Department of Highways responded to the scene to provide service.
Cobb was assisted by Cpl. F.N. Ferrell, Deputy J.H. Brown and Deputy J.L. Mathis from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.
West Virginia State Police troopers Hensley and Goldie assisted with an accident reconstruction. Cpl. Cobb said it appears that no one was driving under the influence and that speed was not a factor in the crash.
Several troopers were on the scene assisting with the accident reconstruction and investigation.
While police were conducting their investigation, a red Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck driven by Mark Miller of Pecks Mill hit Deputy Brown’s parked cruiser.
Miller was making a left hand turn from Old Logan Road onto U.S. Route 119 north and struck the cruiser while it was parked with its emergency lights activated, the press release from Sgt. Porter said. Miller received several citations including possession of a controlled substance and no insurance. He was released at the scene.
No one was injured in that crash.
Earlier Monday, a woman died in a collision with a coal truck on Dingess Road near the Dingess Tunnel in Mingo County.
Bonnie Marie Stalnaker, 30, of Dingess, was pronounced dead on the scene after the vehicle in which she was riding collided with a coal truck.
Stalnaker's husband and children were also injured in the crash and were taken to Logan Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Mingo County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy James Smith said this morning that the husband and children were all “doing fine.” He said the report from the investigation was not completed, but should be later this morning. Smith said he did not have any details about the crash at press time Tuesday morning.
On Thursday, Opal Accord, 85, of Omar, driving a Chevrolet Cavalier, turned right from the Whitman exit into the northbound lanes of U.S. 119 and pulled in front of an oncoming, large, tanker truck driven by Steven Childers, 46, of Vansant, Va.
Accord was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.
The Whitman intersection has been the site of several deaths.
Just off the road along the highway stands six crosses representing six deaths that have happened there in recent years. Community leaders have worked for the last year to get caution signs placed in the area to warn oncoming motorists.
The state Division of Highways recently erected caution signs in the area to warn motorists traveling on U.S. Route 119 that there is an upcoming intersection.