Car Flips After Hitting Pole, Trapping Driver

Emergency personnel transported a man to a local hospital Wednesday for treatment of injuries he received when his car struck a pole and overturned on National Road.

According to Ohio County sheriff’s Lt. Nelson Croft, Triadelphia police were advised to watch for an erratic driver traveling west on National Road around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Another driver observed the vehicle swerving and called 911, Croft said.

The motorist was about to pass a parked Triadelphia police cruiser when the Dodge Intrepid drifted toward the curb, sheared a utility pole in two and flipped onto its hood. Croft said the driver was not exceeding the posted speed limit of 40 mph when the accident occurred.

The driver, who Croft only identified as a 20-year-old Wheeling resident, became trapped inside the vehicle.

Triadelphia volunteer firefighters used a hydraulic saw to cut into the car so emergency personnel could reach the driver.

The man was removed through the vehicle’s rear window and loaded onto a stretcher.

A Stone Church Volunteer Fire Department ambulance transported the driver to Ohio Valley Medical Center. The vehicle was towed to nearby Middle Creek Garage.

Triadelphia police are investigating the crash.

American Electric Power was called to the scene due to the damaged utility police, while West Virginia Division of Highways employees directed traffic through the accident site.