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Several injured in three-vehicle crash

HICO (NEWS RELEASE) - Several individuals were injured in a vehicle accident in the Hico area of Fayette County earlier this morning. Sheriff Steve Kessler released the following information concerning this incident:

At approximately 9:45 am on Monday, May 27, 2013 notification was received through the Fayette County 911 Center of an automobile accident involving three vehicles on Sunday Road, approximately 1 mile from U.S. Route 60 in the Hico area of Fayette County. The Ansted and Nuttall Volunteer Fire Departments, ambulances from Jan-Care and General Ambulance and Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to respond to the scene.

Upon arrival at the scene it was determined that several occupants of these vehicles had sustained moderate to severe injuries. The driver of one vehicle was entrapped in his vehicle and Fire Department personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver from the vehicle before he could receive medical treatment for his injuries. A total of five individuals were transported from the scene, with one individual being transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill and four other individuals being transported to Summersville Regional Medical Center for treatment. The condition of the injured individuals is unknown at this time, but none of the involved parties appeared to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicated that two vehicles, driven by tourists from Wisconsin and North Carolina, were traveling South on Sunday Road towards U.S. Route 60. The third vehicle, driven by an individual from the local area, was traveling North on Sunday Road. Two of the vehicles struck head-on near the crest of a small hill. When the driver of the third vehicle attempted to avoid colliding with the first two vehicles he steered to the right side of the roadway, struck the ditch line and went around the vehicle directly in front of him. As he re-entered the roadway he impacted the driver's side of one of the first two involved vehicles, knocking this vehicle across the roadway and into the ditch line on the opposite side of the roadway.

The names and ages of the involved drivers and passengers of the three involved vehicles are not being released at this time. We can confirm that one vehicle contained four occupants from the local area and the other two vehicles were occupied by individuals from Wisconsin and North Carolina who had apparently been vacationing in the local area.

Drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be factors in connection with the cause of this accident. "At this time it appears that this accident is a result of the visiting drivers being unfamiliar with this single-lane road," said Sheriff Kessler.

No charges have been filed at this time in connection with this accident. This incident remains under investigation by Deputy R.G. Gipson of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

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