Driver injured, cited in car crash

WASHINGTON, W.Va. – A car fire after a Tuesday evening wreck near the intersection of Dupont and Meldahl roads sent one person to the hospital, officials said.

Clifford Paul Nations II, 19, of Marie Lane was issued a citation for driving under the influence after he wrecked his 2004 Chrysler Crossfire near the intersection of Dupont Road and Meldahl Road in Washington, W.Va., said Deputy M. Cochran with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were alerted to a wrecked vehicle on fire at 9:42 Tuesday evening, Cochran said. Upon arrival, they discovered that Nations had been pulled from his burning vehicle by passing motorists, Cochran said.

Nations was southbound on Dupont Road when he swerved off the roadway, Cochran said. The vehicle overturned and struck an electrical pole, Cochran said.

The vehicle then rolled back onto its tires, crossed Meldahl Road, struck an embankment and caught on fire, Cochran said.

The fire was caused by the seriousness of the accident, said Washington Bottom Fire Chief K.C. Linder.

Washington Bottom Volunteer Fire Department had the fire under control by 10:15 p.m., Cochran said.

Deputies at the scene found that Nations allegedly smelled of alcohol at the time of the accident, Cochran said. Nations also allegedly had a small amount of marijuana in one of his clothing pockets, Cochran said.

Nations claimed to have been driving home and that the crash was caused when he made a turn at the wrong time, Cochran said.

Nations was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, where he was cited for DUI, Cochran said. He was treated for his injuries and released.

Meldahl Road was shut down because of the accident, Cochran said. It was reopened around 11 p.m., he said.

The accident remains under investigation.