01/09/2008

W. Va. deputy involved in 3 car wreck

The Daily Mail

KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. — At least one person was injured in a wreck that closed part of U.S. 35 near St. Albans.

The wreck happened about 10:40 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 35 and Miracle Drive in Kanawha County.

One of the people involved was a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy, Metro 911 dispatchers said.

Deputy Chad Ashley was on patrol and was driving a Dodge Durango belonging to the sheriff's department when he stopped at the intersection to wait for traffic to pass, Trooper M.J. Napier of the West Virginia State Police said.

A 2006 Honda Civic driven by Kristen Henshaw crashed into the back of a Subaru stopped behind Ashley, causing a chain reaction, Napier said.

Henshaw was going about 50 miles per hour, police said.

The driver of the Subaru, Timothy Basham, was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital

and treated for possible broken ribs and whiplash, police said.

Neither Henshaw nor Ashley was injured, and the deputy continued working after the accident, according to police.

Police cited Henshaw with failure to maintain control of the vehicle and with simple possession of a small quantity of marijuana, Napier said.

Napier said police had no reason to believe Henshaw was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

There was no indication she was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, Napier said.

Police said the Subaru and the Honda were totaled, but the sheriff's department vehicle was not badly damaged.

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