Officers with the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a two-vehicle fatal collision at the intersection of U.S. 33 East and Childers Run Road in Buckhannon at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Upon investigation, officers said, a car driven by Harry M. Hymes II,82, of Buckhannon was crossing U.S 33 on Childers Run Rd., traveling southbound, and as it crossed the eastbound lane of U.S. 33, it crossed the path of a Freightliner tractor and trailer, which was traveling eastbound on Rt. 33, driven by Benjamin Carl Ellis III of Spring, TX. The tractor collided into the passenger side of Hymes’s car, according to officers.
Both Harry M. Hymes II and his passenger Sarah Downes, 65, of Buckhannon died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, according to police.
Harry Hymes was the acting Buckhannon Assistant City Attorney and a former Municipal Court Judge, according to the Buckhannon City Office.
The driver of the tractor, Benjamin Carl Ellis III was taken by EMS to St. Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation.
The Buckhannon Police Department, Buckhannon Fire Department, Ellamore Fire Dept., and Upshur County EMS all responded.