Authorities cite driver in W.Va. 47 chain-reaction accident

PARKERSBURG — A motorist was cited for failure to maintain control in a five-car accident along W.Va. Route 47, Staunton Avenue, Tuesday afternoon.

Reports came in around 3:10 p.m. that an accident had occurred along W.Va. Route 47 near Dutch Ridge Road.

According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, a 2005 Chevy Uplander driven by Kenneth Arnott, 59, 2968 Staunton Turnpike, Parkersburg, was traveling west on W.Va. 47 just passing Dutch Ridge Road. Arnott did not see a vehicle and other traffic stopped for a school bus and rear-ended a 2009 Chevy HHR driven by Howard Bixby, 54, 45739 Stethem Road, Pomeroy, Ohio, the sheriff’s department said.

After being struck, Bixby’s vehicle rear-ended a 1995 Dodge Caravan driven by Thomas Fraley, 38, 311 7th Ave. Burnsville, W.Va., who rear-ended a 2003 Cadillac DeVille DTS driven by Robert Weekley, 78, 6698 Staunton Turnpike, Davisville, who rear-ended a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Betty Jean Bollinger, 60, 177 Ros-Mar Heights, Parkersburg, the sheriff’s department said.

Arnott was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Wood County 911 Center reported there were three to four injuries with people transported to Camden Clark Medical Center and Belpre Emergency Center for treatment. The accident report from the sheriff’s department said four people had possible injuries. Three of the vehicles had multiple people inside.

Traffic was backed up while crews worked at the scene and tow trucks removed the vehicles. The roadway was clear by 5 p.m., the 911 Center reported.