Three injured in two accidents
PARKERSBURG – Two separate rollover accidents on Tuesday sent three people to the hospital, police said.
An accident around 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pike Street left two men with non-life threatening injuries after a GMC Jimmy went up an embankment and flipped over onto its top. Parkersburg police and fire departments responded to the accident.
Police said speed was a factor in the single-vehicle crash. The names of the two occupants were not immediately known.
An accident on the southbound ramp of Interstate 77 at exit 176 for U.S. 50 sent one man to the hospital.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police and East Wood Volunteer Fire Department responded to the southbound exit ramp of U.S. 50 for Seventh Street around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Department of Highways was called to block the ramp with a sign, officials said.
Jeffery Tennant, 36, whose vehicle was registered out of Mount Clair, W.Va., was traveling southbound on I-77 when deputies received a call about an erratic driver.
A motorist was following Tennant’s 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe and reported Tennant took the exit at which time his vehicle rolled over, said Chief Deputy Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.
Tennant was the only occupant of the vehicle and was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center with serious injuries, police said. Tennant was ejected from the vehicle in the crash, Graham said.
The exit ramp was closed for about an hour and a half while crews worked to clean up the accident. The roadway was reopened around 9:30 p.m., officials said.
“We received a call prior to the wreck,” Graham said. “The cause of the accident remains under investigation.”