One Dead, Another Critical In Separate Car Crashes in St. C., Wheeling

A St. Clairsville man died as a result of a one-vehicle crash Sunday in Belmont County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said William B. Graham, 53, was driving a 2006 Hyundai Azera south on Ohio 249 in Union Township at about 1 a.m. Sunday, when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned several times.

Graham was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

He was not wearing a seat belt. Graham was the only occupant of the vehicle. Speed and impairment are contributing factors to the crash, officials said.

Meanwhile, the driver of a vehicle an Ohio County deputy was attempting to stop for expired registration on Interstate 470 is in critical condition after crashing into the guardrail on U.S. 250 near the McColloch Street exit just before midnight Sunday.

The driver was attempting to elude law enforcement on I-470 and was driving at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred, reports stated.

The Wheeling Police Department assisted at the scene with traffic control as the road was shut down for about an hour for removal of the vehicle and cleanup of debris on the road.

The Wheeling Fire Department also responded to the scene.

According to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the driver was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.

A portion of the guardrail pierced the passenger’s side of the vehicle, according to witnesses.

The name of the driver was not available at press time.