A head-on collision at the Miner Mountain on-ramp at Mary Taylor Mountain (W.Va. Route 65) left one driver dead and another with extensive injuries requiring the occupant to be transported via helicopter to Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

According to information from the Delbarton Volunteer Department, a call was received at 5:30 p.m., July 25, concerning a two-vehicle wreck with possible entrapment. DVFD responded with 15 firefighters along with Rescue 203. The department also received a second report from Mingo County 911 dispatch that one of the vehicles was on fire. DVF requested mutual aid from the Matewan Volunteer Fire Department. Rescue 203 proceeded to the scene of the accident where responders set up a command center and assessed the situation.

The vehicle fire was put out with a fire extinguisher upon arrival, according to the report. Also at that time, Delbarton Command reported the fatality and requested dispatch to notify the coroner’s office.

A rendezvous point was arranged for the air transport at the Burch PK-8 football field and the occupant of the second vehicle was taken to the meeting point via ambulance.

Once the coroner’s office completed its investigation at the scene, the victim was extricated from the first vehicle. The vehicle occupants were not identified as of presstime July 30. The scene was cleared at approximately 7:45 p.m.

In addition to the Delbarton and Matewan VFDs, other emergency and rescue personnel on the scene included STAT EMS, Elite EMS, the West Virginia State Police and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office.

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