Man released from hospital after being flown from wreck


BUCKHANNON — More information has been released about Friday’s two-vehicle collision at the Route 33 and Kesling Mill Road intersection.
The wreck happened as Kevin Skidmore, 31, of Belington, was crossing Route 33 from the Kesling Mill Road in a 1995 Honda Civic, according to Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
“Mr. Skidmore was coming from Kesling Mill to cross the highway traveling from north to south,” he said. “He comes across the westbound lanes, gets in the middle, fails to stop and keeps proceeding across.”
Menendez said Skidmore was unable to see oncoming traffic because of a truck pulling a trailer that was sitting in the turn lane of Route 33 East to turn onto Kesling Mill Road.
Skidmore then pulled into the eastbound lanes and directly into the path of Phillip Smith, 48, of Walker (Wood County), who was driving a 2005 Jeep.
“There was no braking because there was no time to react,” Menendez said. “The jeep struck the Honda Civic and rolled at least two times off the side of the road.”
Smith was flown by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital but was released Saturday, according to Menendez. Two passengers, James Kukulka and Brian Nokleby, were taken by Upshur County EMS to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries.
Skidmore reported minor injuries but did not go to the hospital from the scene, according to Menendez.
Menendez said no citations had been issued at this time, but Skidmore was found at fault for the wreck, which happened about 3:15 p.m.
Also responding were the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Fire Department, Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department and West Virginia DNR.

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