Multiple motor vehicle accidents with injuries occurred in the area Thursday, but officials didn't indicate whether declining weather conditions were a factor.
Roads became slick and hazardous later in the afternoon and heading into evening, when precipitation increased and temperatures dropped.
One wreck was in the eastern portion of Randolph County near Bowden, and the second - a two-car head-on collision - occurred in neighboring Tucker County.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Michael Green?Fonte
Emergency responders load a patient into a Randolph?County Emergency?Squad ambulance after a two-car accident on U.S. 33 atop Shaver’s Mountain.
In the first incident, two cars were involved in an accident on U.S. 33 atop Shaver's Mountain late Thursday afternoon in what first was reported as a hit and run, according to scanner traffic.
One of the cars, a GMC Envoy driven by Shirley Corley, continued after the initial impact down the mountain into Bowden, said Sgt. B.T. Pawelczyk of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.
He indicated Corley then turned her vehicle north onto Old Route 33, where the car soon lost control and came to a stop in a ditch. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle called 911 and headed toward Elkins to meet with law enforcement officials. The second driver's name wasn't available as of presstime.
The sheriff's department, State Police and Randolph County EMS simultaneously responded to Corley's location on Old Route 33. One passenger was transported for medical treatment by Randolph EMS to Davis Memorial Hospital. It is suspected alcohol was involved, law enforcement officials report, and the incident remains under investigation.
Slightly later, around 5.45 p.m., emergency responders were called to an area five miles north of Thomas in Tucker County. Reports indicate a head-on crash occurred on the Seneca Trail near 17 Fairfax Lane, and scanner traffic indicated crews were on scene at 5:57 p.m.
Two passengers were transported for emergency care to Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland, Md., said Lois Nelson with the Tucker County Office of Emergency Management. No further details were available at presstime.