Fatal accident kills one
A 34-year-old woman was killed in an accident witnessed by Barbour County Sheriff’s deputies on Route 250 near Philip Barbour High School Wednesday morning.
Deputy J.C. Kennedy of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, the investigating officer, said he witnessed the accident as it happened because he was already stationed at the intersection of Route 250 and 4-H Camp Road. He said the accident occurred at 8:07 a.m. Officials closed U.S. Route 250 down for a short time, directing traffic onto an alternate route through Old U.S. Highway 250 until about 10 a.m.
Shekinah Anderson, 34, was turning left onto Route 250 from 4-H Camp Road when a log truck traveling north collided with her Hyundai. The log truck was already too near to the intersection to come to a stop, police said.
Officials said Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the log truck was not physically injured, Kennedy said, adding that he did not believe any charges would be filed.
“There was no way he (the log truck driver) could have stopped,” Kennedy said. “We watched the whole thing.”
Responding at the scene were the Philippi Police Department, Barbour County Emergency Management Service, Junior Police Department, Philippi Police Department and the West Virginia Department of Highways.
The accident is being investigated by Kennedy and Chief Deputy B.M. Carpenter of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release.