Boaz crash knocks out power

BOAZ, W.Va. – One person received minor injuries in an afternoon wreck that knocked out power to a portion of Wood County, officials said.

Dustin Cheynne Lamp, 35, of Vienna sustained minor injuries after he struck a power pole in the 900 block of West Virginia 14 Thursday afternoon, said Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt.

Emergency officials were alerted to the accident at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, said Deputy Della Matheny with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. Lamp’s speed was estimated at 40 mph during the accident, Matheny said.

Lamp was driving his black 2004 Dodge Ram southbound on W.Va. 14 at the time of the accident, said Matheny. Lamp veered left of center, then overcorrected when trying to restore the vehicle to the proper side of the road, Matheny said.

Lamp struck the southbound lane’s guardrail, then a mailbox, before he bounced to the power pole and came to rest along a nearby embankment, said Matheny.

Lamp is believed to have experienced a medical episode that led to the incident, said Matheny. Lamp has no recollection of the incident occurring, Matheny said.

Lamp’s Dodge Ram struck the power pole with enough force to shatter the pole, said Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Scholl. The pole was described as “in multiple pieces,” Scholl said.

The incident knocked down the power lines into the southbound lane of W.Va. 14. The lines were being held aloft on the northbound side of the road by a power pole there, but cleared the roadway by only about four feet, Matheny said.

The road was deemed too dangerous to cross, and traffic was stopped in both directions until Mon Power could repair the lines, Matheny said. W.Va. 14 remained closed until about 5:50 p.m., Matheny said.

Lamp was not transported to any hospital for his injuries.

Lamp was issued a citation for driving on a revoked license, Matheny said.