BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County Sheriff’s Department cruiser is out of commission following a two-vehicle wreck early Monday evening.
No one was seriously injured, although the owner of the cruiser, driver Cpl. C.J. Day and his passenger, Cpl. Rocky Hebb, were transported to WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital as a precautionary measure following the wreck.
According to the accident report filed by investigating officer Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the accident occurred at about 5 p.m. Monday evening under the train trestle on the Hall Road.
The driver of a 2008 Kia Spectra, Jeffery Marfield, 28, of Buckhannon, was traveling east on the Hall Road near the railroad overpass when Marfield lost control of the vehicle and traveled left of the center line, striking the sheriff’s department cruiser in the driver’s side door area. The driver, Day, had been headed west in the opposite direction of Marfield.
The report indicates Marfield told Wright and assisting investigating officer Cpl. T.A. Menendez that his brakes had locked up, and his vehicle traveled left of center before striking Day’s cruiser.
Weather conditions – specifically rain and a wet road surface – were cited as contributing factors to the accident.
Marfield was given a warning for failure to maintain control of his vehicle but was not cited. Day and Hebb were driven to the hospital by another individual to be checked out for possible injuries; however, Marfield was not hurt in the accident, Wright said Wednesday.
An official with the sheriff’s department said Wednesday the cruiser is out of commission while awaiting repair. Marfield’s vehicle sustained disabling damage, and Tennerton Auto towed it from the accident site.
The Buckhannon Fire Department also responded to the scene to help with traffic control.