A Kia Soul struck this Ford Fusion in the side near the Route 33 West exit ramp on Wednesday, with the collision resulting in two people being taken to the hospital with possible injuries. / Photo courtesy Rodnitta Miller

Police: Failure to stop at red light resulted in Veterans Day wreck

BUCKHANNON – Three people suffered possible injuries a two-vehicle wreck Thursday after one driver allegedly failed to yield to a red stoplight at the intersection near the Route 33 westbound exit ramp on Route 20 North.

According to the police report filed by Sgt. Mark Stewart with the Buckhannon Police Department, at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Nathan Allen, 18, of Ellamore, was driving a silver Ford Fusion sedan and had just exited Route 33. Allen was reportedly stopped behind another vehicle at the Route 20 four-way intersection when he began to make a left turn after receiving a green light.

Meanwhile, Daniel Lantz, 45, of Buckhannon, who was operating black Kia Soul, was traveling north on Route 20, approaching the light at the intersection with the Route 33 westbound exit ramp.

When the light turned red, Lantz continued through it and allegedly struck the Ford Fusion, being driven by Allen, in the side.

Although Stewart did not issue any citations at the scene, he noted Lantz was at fault for failure to yield, failure to stop for a red signal and failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

This black Kia Soul reportedly ran a red light before hitting a silver Ford Fusion just before noon on Wednesday. / Photo courtesy Rodnitta Miller

Lantz and a passenger, Melinda Lantz, 57, were transported by Upshur EMS to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Lewis County with possible injuries. The report notes that Allen may have suffered possible injuries, but says he refused medical transport.

Stewart’s report shows that the weather was rainy, but road surface was not a factor in the wreck.

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