BUCKHANNON – A woman who was life-flighted from the scene of yet another wreck at the intersection of Kesling Mill Road and U.S. Route 33 has been treated and released from the hospital.
Upshur County Sheriff Virgil Miller said 27-year-old Gabrielle Haddix of Buckhannon was life-flighted to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in the aftermath of a T-bone-style collision at the dangerous intersection but was released the following day and is recovering from injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office released the accident report Thursday, detailing the crash, which happened just after 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, according to the report filed by investigating officer Deputy William T. Chidester.
Haddix, who was driving a red 2014 Jeep Patriot, was traveling east on Route 33 approaching the Kesling Mill intersection when a gray 2012 Jeep Liberty, driven by David Norman, 68, of Ellamore, pulled out from the Kesling Mill Road in front of the Jeep Patriot and the two vehicles collided in a T-bone-style fashion. In the wreck report, Norman told law enforcement he had been attempting to cross Route 33 to Route 151 but didn’t see Haddix coming.
Norman was not injured, but Haddix, who suffered non-incapacitating injuries, was life-flighted from the scene to Ruby Memorial Hospital.
“She was treated and released the next day,” Miller said.
Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene of the wreck. No one was cited, but in the report Chidester noted that Norman, the driver of the gray Jeep Liberty, failed to yield the right-of-way and attempted to enter the intersection despite insufficient space, the report states.
Monday’s crash marks at least the third wreck that’s transpired at the deadly intersection just this year, and in April 2021, the West Virginia Division of Highways informed county and city officials that it has programmed two major projects along Route 33, one of which will address limited visibility by installing new traffic signals at the highway’s intersections with Kesling Mill and Childers Run roads, according to a previous story.
According to information provided in an email to county officials by W.Va. DOH District 7 engineer Brian Cooper, the first project – installing new traffic signals at Childers Run and Kesling Mill – could begin sometime between fall of 2021 and spring of 2022. The second project, an upgrade to the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 33 and the Brushy Fork Road, is also slated to get underway within that time frame.
“The DOH has programmed two projects, one upgrading the signal at Brushy Fork and the other installing new signals at Childers Run and at Kesling Mill,” Cooper wrote in a July 13 email. “By programming these projects, DOH management has approved the scope of work, allocated funding for the projects, and therefore gave approval to begin the engineering work to develop contract plans. Both of these projects are currently scheduled to be let this fall, meaning construction could begin between fall of 2021 and spring of 2022.”