Four hurt when trailer of ATVs breaks from truck
By Amelia A. Pridemore
Four people headed to a relative’s high school graduation were injured Saturday in Nicholas County when a trailer loaded with three ATVs broke loose from a pickup truck and struck their vehicle head-on, police said.
At 10:40 a.m., a 2006 GMC pickup truck driven by Donald L. Morgan, no age available, of Jackson, Ohio, was traveling east on W.Va. 55 near Calvin, sheriff’s Cpl. W.K. Shafer said. The truck had a trailer attached, and the trailer was carrying three Honda ATVs.
As Morgan was coming into a curve, the trailer hitch assembly on his pickup broke, Shafer said. The trailer then went left of center and struck a westbound 1992 Buick driven by Garnet F. Brown, 42, of Summersville.
Brown was taken to Summersville Memorial Hospital and then to Charleston Area Medical Center via HealthNet, Shafer said. She was listed as being under evaluation at CAMC Saturday night.
Three passengers in her vehicle from Statesville, N.C., were also taken to Summersville Memorial. They were Preston Lambert, 2; Michael Walkup, 16; and Ricky Lee Lambert, 22. Hospital officials declined to release any information about their conditions.
Brown, Walkup, Preston Lambert and Ricky Lee Lambert were all en route to a relative’s graduation at Nicholas County High School in Summersville.
Morgan was cited for failure to properly secure a load, Shafer said. The accident remains under investigation.
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