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Woman injured in crash that damages pole, snarls traffic on Route 47

Traffic was at a standstill along Route 47 Monday morning after a vehicle veered off the road, struck a power pole and rolled into a ravine. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — A mid-morning crash on Route 47 Monday sent one person to the hospital and snarled traffic for several hours.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Robin Vass, 59, of Vienna was traveling eastbound on Route 47/Staunton Turnpike when her green 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis ran off the right side of the road, according to police reports. The car struck a post holding mailboxes, and officers say the board holding the boxes went through the passenger side of the front windshield and out through the back windshield.

According to the report, the car then struck a utility pole, spun right and slid over an embankment.

Vass was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, but her condition was not immediately available.

The accident is under investigation and Vass has not been cited, officials said.

A power pole along Route 47 lists to the side after being struck by a vehicle. Traffic was stopped for about an hour Monday and one lane of the road was open as crews repaired the pole. (Photo by Michael Erb)

The crash damaged the utility pole and brought traffic to a standstill for more than an hour. Route 47 eventually was reopened, but reduced to one lane as crews repaired the pole.

A person is wheeled to a nearby ambulance Monday by fire and EMS officials after a single-vehicle crash damaged a power pole and rolled the vehicle into a ravine. (Photo by Michael Erb)

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