PARKERSBURG - A three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Eighth and Avery streets Tuesday afternoon left two people with injuries, officials said.
Parkersburg police and fire departments were called to the scene of the collision just before 3 p.m. Tuesday involving a Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus and Toyota Tacoma.
Two people from the Ford Taurus were transported to Camden Clark Medical Center. The driver, Claudette McDonald, 66, of Parkersburg, and Lela Rickter, 36, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
First responders work to remove two people trapped inside a vehicle that ended up on the sidewalk in front of the BB&T Bank at the intersection of Eighth and Avery streets in Parkersburg Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Michael Erb)
Eric Ratliff, 39, of Parkersburg was driving the Ford Explorer and Mary Green of Walker was driving a Toyota Tacoma. They were both traveling southbound on Avery Street, police said.
Police said conflicting witness statements resulted in the accident to remain under investigation.
According to one witness account, the Ford Explorer and Toyota Tacoma were traveling southbound on Avery Street and a Ford Taurus was westbound on Eighth Street when the Taurus ran the red light.
Another witness said the Ford Taurus on Avery Street had a green light.
"Someone ran a red light," said Sgt. Matt Board with the Parkersburg Police Department. "But we have conflicting statements from witnesses and it's still being investigated."
Eighth Street was closed for 30 to 40 minutes while crews worked to remove the two individuals from the small car, police said.
The Ford Taurus sustained heavy damage and the Ford Explorer heavy front-end and side damages. The Toyota Tacoma had minor damages, officials said.
Those traveling on Avery Street were able to detour around the accident by taking Seventh Street to Clay Street and circling back around on Ninth Street.
The Parkersburg Police Department, Parkersburg Fire Department and Camden Clark ambulances responded to the crash.