The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 4, 2014

Passenger hurt in mishap near Piney View

By Cody Neff
Register-Herald Reporter

— One man was injured after the car in which he was riding went over a hill near Piney View, officials said.

“He was the front seat passenger,” Bradley-Prosperity Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Palmer said. “He had what appeared to be some possible back and neck injuries. I can tell you that he wasn't restrained and not wearing a seat-belt.

“There were four people in the vehicle and two were children. The other two were adults. The female adult and two children were uninjured. The only person that was injured was the adult male passenger in the vehicle.”

Palmer says the car didn’t flip over the hill.

“They just went off the road and drove down the hill over a creek before they came to rest in a wooded area,” he said. “When we arrived, we had to set up some rope rescue to be able to get our equipment personnel over the hill safely.

“We had to get a system in place to bring the patient back up the hill. We got him on a back board and hoisted him back up the hill on a rope system.”

Palmer says the icy weather that caused the wreck.

“The roads were extremely slick because of a snow and sleet mix that was coming down at the time,” he said. “It appears, from what they stated they came around the curve and started fish-tailing before trying to regain control and it just slipped on some ice and went over the hill.”

Mount Hope and Bradley-Prosperity fire department, Jan-Care Ambulance, Mount Hope Police and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.