One killed, one hospitalized in Emerson Avenue collision

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens, left, speaks with Wood County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Brett Pickens, right, at the scene of Wednesday’s fatal accident on Emerson Avenue near Valley Mills Road. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

PARKERSBURG — James Scott Walraven, 41, of 4134 School House Road, Little Hocking, died Wednesday after his vehicle struck another vehicle head-on in the 11000 block of Emerson Avenue, just south of Valley Mills Road, said the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Walraven, driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant northbound, crossed the concrete median of the four-lane highway and collided with a southbound 2017 Hyundai Genesis driven by Robert W. Christie, 63, of No. 15 Pinewood Lane, Parkersburg, that was traveling in the passing lane, said Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens. The crash was reported at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday.

A medical emergency involving Walraven may have been a contributing factor to the accident, Stephens said.

Christie was conscious and responsive at the scene, Stephens said. Christie was treated at Camden Clark Medical Center and then transferred to WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

No passengers were in either vehicle.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens speaks with Waverly Volunteer Fire Department members at the scene of two-car accident Wednesday afternoon that resulted in a fatality. The roadway in the Valley Mills Road area was closed to one lane during the clearing of the scene. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

The Wood County Crash Team is investigating the head-on crash.

A Waverly Volunteer Fire Department firefighter removes debris behind a Mitsubishi Galant involved in an Emerson Avenue fatality Wednesday afternoon near Valley Mills Road. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

A Hyundai Genesis sits along the shoulder area of the southbound lane of Emerson Avenue Wednesday afternoon near Valley Mills Road. The driver was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)