PARKERSBURG - Three traffic accidents reported Wednesday took place in the same area, officials said.
It is a coincidence that two of the accidents took place in the same intersection about 10 minutes apart, said Lt. G.D. Miller with the Parkersburg Police Department.
The first accident was reported about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Emerson Avenue. A 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Steven Nichols of Walker was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle, Miller said. Nichols was cited after striking a 2012 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Wayne Fleak of Washington, W.Va., after witnesses told police the Ford Ranger ran a red light, Miller said.
An accident at the intersection of Ohio and Emerson avenues in Parkersburg Wednesday. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
Not long afterward, an accident in the 2800 block of Ohio and Emerson avenues occurred around 9:15 a.m. Mary Ruth Rader of Vienna was driving a 2012 Chevy Impala and was cited by police for improper lane change.
Police said Rader struck a 2012 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Dan Stephan of Williamstown.
The third accident at the intersection occurred around noon Wednesday and involved two vehicles. Joey Tackett of Greenup, Ky., was driving a 1996 Ford F-250 pickup truck when he was cited for running a red light.
According to the police report, a 2003 Buick LaSabre driven by Pam Kinnaird of Parkersburg was traveling south on Ohio Avenue when Tackett, traveling east, ran the red light and pushed Kinnaird's vehicle into a utility pole.
Miller said the accidents were unrelated and there were no life-threatening injuries.
The driver and passenger of the Buick LaSabre were transported to a hospital, said Sgt. Matt Board with the Parkersburg Police Department.