Photo courtesy of Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department

Police: ‘Severely intoxicated’ man hits neighbor’s propane tank on Sand Run

BUCKHANNON — A 41-year-old Buckhannon man who got behind the wheel despite being “severely intoxicated” was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital with injuries Saturday night following a single-vehicle wreck.

Investigating officer Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police said Sunday Henry Cole left a residence on the Sand Run Road near its intersection with Kesling Mill Road and hit the gas too hard.

Cole was driving the 2000 GMC Envoy pictured above when the wreck occurred just after 8:30 p.m.

“He was at a residence, and had apparently been drinking and got into his vehicle and may have stepped on the gas too hard and ran into the neighbor’s propane tank,” Wright said. “From the information we have, he was severely intoxicated, ran into the propane tank and the backed over a pile of wood.”

Upshur EMS transported Cole to WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital. Wright said he was treated and released Sunday.

In addition to Wright, Cpl. V.J. Pyles and Upshur EMS, the Buckhannon Fire Department and Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

Wright said he was unsure of Cole’s blood alcohol level and noted charges were pending.

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