Two vehicles flip in separate accidents

PARKERSBURG – Law enforcement and emergency crews responded to two unrelated single-vehicle accidents that happened minutes apart Tuesday morning.

Wood County sheriff’s deputies said a Williamstown woman escaped serious injury Tuesday morning in a single-car accident on Interstate 77. A couple also avoided injuries in Parkersburg when their vehicle struck a curb and flipped in an unrelated accident.

According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Maggie Nicole Starkey, 20, was driving south on the interstate around 7:30 a.m. in a 2004 GMC Envoy when she started to drift into the passing lane where another car was traveling, Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said.

Starkey overcorrected to the right, causing the vehicle to go out of control, Graham said.

The vehicle slid into an embankment, became airborne, flipped in the air and landed on its top, then slid into the guardrail where it also rolled over, he said.

Multiple witnesses saw the accident, Graham, said.

She was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center where she was treated and released, the hospital said.

No citations are anticipated, he said. No other cars were involved, Graham said.

Just a few minutes earlier, on Dudley Avenue in Parkersburg, a 2008 Honda Civic sedan traveling north, went left, striking the curb causing it to flip. The accident happened just past 26th Street around 7:22 a.m., according to Sgt. Greg Collins.

The vehicle came to a rest on the west side of the road between a power pole and guy wire, just past 26th Street, Collins stated.

Collins said neither the driver, Zachary Wood, 20, Vienna, nor his passenger, 19-year-old Emily Davis was injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

For a yet unknown reason, the vehicle went left striking the curb, which caused it to flip.

“A witness to the crash stated that the car was not going fast and it looked like it was in slow motion when it flipped over,” he said.