UPDATE (7/11/2019 9:50 a.m.) –
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Fairmont Police Department has released an update about the fatal collision that occurred on Country Club Road Wednesday afternoon on its Facebook page.
In the post, the police said that the victim of the fatal accident was a 72-year-old man who was the sole occupant of the vehicle that pulled out of a side street and was struck by a police cruiser.
The Fairmont Police Department said in the post that the cruiser involved in the collision was not involved in the pursuit that was occurring around the same time in the Monongah area. Officers also stated that there was no inclement weather, the cruiser did not have its lights or siren on and was not being driven at an excessive rate of speed.
A witness to the accident said the victim’s vehicle ran a stop sign while travelling on Bison Street, turning onto Country Club Road in the path of the police cruiser, according to the post.
The officer of the police cruiser did receive minor injuries as a result of the crash, according to police. His K9 unit did not receive any injuries but was seen by a veterinarian to be evaluated, officers said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s accident reconstruction team, were called in to investigate the collision independent of the Fairmont Police Department’s investigation.
An autopsy on the victim will be performed by the state’s medical examiner.
ORIGINAL (7/10/2019 2:27 p.m.) –
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – One person is dead following a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Fairmont.
According to 911 officials, the accident happened just after 1:40 on Country Club Road.
Country Club Road is currently shut down at this time due to the accident, according to 911 officials. There is no word at this time on the name of the person who died in the accident. Additionally, there is no word on the cause of the accident at this time.
A 12 News reporter is currently on scene. Emergency officials on scene told a 12 News reporter that Country Club Road is currently shut down. Emergency officials also said they are urging citizens to avoid the area for the next one-and-a-half to two hours.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. There is also an accident reconstruction crew on scene.
Stay with 12 News for the latest information.