Community, The Braxton Democrat

79 Wreck Claims Texas Man

First responders saw their Thanksgiving holiday get off to a bad start on Wednesday, November 22 when they were alerted to a single vehicle accident near the 65-mile marker of I-79 at approximately 1:00 p.m. The initial call indicated that a vehicle had rolled several times and that at least one occupant had been ejected.
During holidays, fire departments utilize a multiple call system to insure sufficient manpower. Even though the accident occurred in Sutton’s fire protection area, Gassaway and Flatwoods were activated to assist.
Upon arrival emergency personnel found an adult male in the south bound lane of the highway unresponsive. According to Deputy Brad Williams of the Braxton County Sheriff’s, the man was the lone occupant of a late model sedan, when he lost control. The vehicle is believed to have rolled approximately five times. In addition, the victim was struck by another motorist who was unable to avoid the accident. Deputy Williams identified the deceased victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, as John Scott of Texas.
Deputy Williams was assisted in his investigation by BCSD’s Captain Bryce Scarbro and Sgt. B. Smith of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Reports from witnesses at the scene indicated that Scott was traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic before the accident occurred. That investigation is continuing.