Collision closes Staunton Turnpike

A Chevrolet Silverado came to rest in a ditch along Staunton Turnpike (West Virginia 47) following Tuesday afternoon’s accident. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

PARKERSBURG — A section of Staunton Turnpike (West Virginia 47) was closed Tuesday afternoon following a near head-on collision between a Subaru Legacy and a Chevrolet Silverado.

Around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, first responders headed to the scene at 1924 Staunton Turnpike, near Dave Poske’s Performance Parts.

The Subaru received heavy front end damage and remained on West Virginia 47 after the accident. The Silverado received side damage, nearly the length of the truck, while the undercarriage took heavy damage as it ended up in a ditch along W.Va. 47.

Details about the accident and the names of those involved were unavailable Tuesday from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

One driver reportedly suffered abrasions from an airbag but was otherwise alert and unharmed, according to a first responder at the scene. The other driver sustained unknown injuries and was semi-conscious, according to early reports. Officials said passengers in the two vehicles suffered from side pain, abrasions, a bloodied nose and seatbelt injuries.

Firefighters from Eastwood and Mineral Wells volunteer fire departments remove debris from a Subaru Legacy on Staunton Turnpike (West Virginia 47) Tuesday. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department closed the road in both directions with assistance from the Eastwood and Mineral Wells volunteer fire departments.