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Teenage Boy Dies In Car Wreck

New River Gorge National River

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Rangers, local fire and EMS, and Fayette County deputies responded to a report of a single car accident on McKendree Road last Friday afternoon. First responders found the car on its top, over an embankment, and off the roadway, with two people trapped inside. Rangers assisted Oak Hill VFD and local EMS with the extrication and patient evacuation. Shortly after being extricated from the car, a 17-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. A young woman in the vehicle was extricated and then flown by medevac helicopter to Charleston. During the helicopter evacuation, rangers established the emergency landing zone and provided the ground contact for the helicopter. While in flight, the patient said that her five-year-old child was also in the car at the time of the accident. Rescuers again converged on the accident scene and were looking for the child around the remains of the demolished car when the woman said that she had lied and that the child was safe with a relative. The statement was verified by a relative and no signs of any other victim were found other than the two previously identified occupants. Rangers led the investigation throughout the rest of the night and met with members of the boy’s family and the state medical examiner’s office at the hospital. By shift’s end, both had been identified. The preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree broadside before rolling over onto its top. The investigation continues.


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