RIPPON, W.Va. —     Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers, along with fire and EMS, were dispatched Saturday morning at approximately 8:16 a.m. to a three-vehicle automobile accident at 847 Berryville Pike (U.S. Route 340 South). The location is the intersection of Berryville Pike and Smith Road between the town of Rippon and the Virginia border.           

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tells The Panhandle News Network the first units arriving on the scene observed a black Jeep Cherokee with front end damage facing north, but blocking the southbound lane of traffic. A black Honda Civic was off the left side of the road, on its top. A third vehicle, a blue Chrysler Sebring, was south of the crash with driver side front end damage. Two occupants, the report said, were trapped inside the Honda Civic while each of the other vehicles had one occupant each.

“Investigation into the crash indicated that the Honda Civic was south bound on Berryville Pike,” the release said, adding that the Chrysler was behind the Honda. The Jeep was north bound on Berryville Pike. “The Honda Civic may have been attempting to make a left turn onto Smith Road, but was past the intersection. The Honda crossed over the double yellow line into the north bound lane of travel,” the release went on, indicating that the Jeep’s front end struck the passenger side rear of the Honda which caused the Honda to overturn, coming to rest on its top off the roadway. The Chrysler, the report indicated, could not avoid the collision and made contact with the Jeep.

According to Lt. R. Sell, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced dead at the scene while the passenger was removed from the vehicle and transported to Jefferson Medical Center where the passenger was pronounced soon thereafter. The driver of the Jeep did not require medical transport, but was just checked at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The driver of the Chrysler was transported to the hospital.

Responding to the accident were Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency, Independent and Citizens fire departments, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserves and the West Virginia Division of Highways. The roadway was shut down for approximately three and a half hours for investigation and cleanup.

No names have been released at this time.

PRESS RELEASE:

On Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at approximately 0816 hours, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officers along with Fire and EMS responded to 847 Berryville Pike (US Route 340 South) for a reported three vehicle crash with one vehicle overturned. This is at the intersection of Berryville Pike and Smith Road.

The first arriving units observed a black in color Jeep Cherokee with front end damage facing north but blocking the south bound lane of travel on Berryville Pike. There was a black in color Honda Civic off the left side of the road on its top. A third vehicle, a blue in color Chrysler Sebring was south of the crash with driver side front end damage. The Jeep and Chrysler were single occupants and the Honda Civic had two occupants. EMS was directed to the Honda first due to the damage and both occupants being entrapped in the vehicle.

Investigation into the crash indicated that the Honda Civic was south bound on Berryville Pike. The Chrysler Sebring was behind the Honda Civic. The Jeep Cherokee was north bound on Berryville Pike. The Honda Civic may have been attempting to make a left turn onto Smith Road but was past the intersection. The Honda Civic crossed over the double yellow line into the north bound lane of travel. The Jeep Cherokee front end struck the passenger side rear of the Honda Civic. The area of impact was in the northbound lane of travel. The impact caused the Honda Civic to overturn coming to rest on its top off the road. The Chrysler Sebring could not avoid the collision and made contact with the Jeep Cherokee.

The driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced on scene while the passenger was removed from the vehicle and transported to Jefferson Medical Center. The passenger was pronounced soon after at the hospital. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was checked by EMS but did not require transport to a hospital. The driver of the Chrysler Sebring was transported to Jefferson Medical Center.

Jefferson County Emergency Service Agency responded for the EMS treatment and transport. Independent and Citizens Fire Department responded for the rescue and extrication of the occupants. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserves (traffic control) and West Virginia Division of Highways. The roadway was shut down for approximately 3 ½ hours for investigation and clean up. No names have been released pending notification of the families.