PARKERSBURG - A three-vehicle chain reaction rear-end collision on Murdoch Avenue sent four adults and four children to hospitals Friday evening, officials said.
Four adults and five juveniles were involved in the crash between the Tim Hortons and Buffalo Wild Wings at 5:40 p.m., said Sgt. Wendy Cox with the Parkersburg Police Department. Eight of the nine people involved in the wreck required transportation to area hospitals, said Cox.
None of the injuries were severe, said Tim Brunicardi, spokesman for Camden Clark Medical Center. All eight were treated for their injuries and released Friday evening, said Brunicardi.
Authorities work to restore Murdoch Avenue to order Friday evening after a three-vehicle wreck sent four adults and four juveniles to hospitals for treatment. (Photo by Gretchen Richards)
Amanda Bright, 32, of Marietta; Paul Bright, 35, of Marietta and three female juveniles were in a white 2008 Chevrolet Impala, said Cox. All five were taken to CCMC's Memorial Campus for their injuries, said Cox.
The Impala sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene, said Cox.
Anthony Buracchio, 35, of Parkersburg and Marissah Miller, 24, address unknown, were in a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan, said Cox. Both were taken to the St. Joseph's Campus of CCMC for treatment, said Cox. The Caravan sustained disabling damage and was towed, said Cox.
Two 16-year-old males were in a red 1997 Dodge S10 pickup, said Cox. The driver, from Belpre, was permitted to refuse treatment after the crash, she said. The 16-year-old male passenger was transported to St. Joseph's for medical attention, said Cox.
The S10 sustained disabling damage and was towed away, she said.
Northbound traffic was restricted to the right lane only after the accident, and southbound traffic was restricted to the right two lanes after the incident, Cox said.
Northbound traffic was backed up to CCMC and across the Memorial Bridge into Ohio because of the bottleneck, officials said.
Around 5:40 p.m., the juvenile driver of the S10 pickup became distracted by a mechanical issue while driving, said Cox. The distraction caused him to fail to stop with traffic, resulting in the S10 rear-ending the Caravan, Cox said.
The momentum of the impact carried the Caravan into the back of the Impala, which was in front of it, said Cox.
The juvenile driver of the S10 was issued citations for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and for not having his proof of insurance available, said Cox. No citations were issued to any of the other drivers, she said.
All three of the vehicles were traveling northbound on Murdoch Avenue in the inner-most lane, said Cox. Traffic was heavy at the time of the wreck, she said.
As traffic crawled past after the wreck, emergency vehicles and the three vehicles involved in the incident clogged up the turning lane, the inner-most southbound lane, and the two inner northbound lanes for more than an hour.
Three ambulances, one fire truck from Station 4, two Parkersburg Police cruisers, and three tow trucks were called to the scene.