Five injured in holiday crash

Beth Sergent

July 7, 2014

HARTFORD — Five people were injured during the holiday weekend after a one-vehicle crash occurred on W.Va. 62 near Hartford Hill, commonly known as “the rocks.”

According to Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers, Vallery Jordan, 56, address unreported, was driving north toward New Haven about 11:10 p.m. July 4. Also in the car were passengers Julie Porter, 39; Shannon Harland, 41; Jimmie Gibbs, 37; and a juvenile.

Powers said that Jordan fell asleep behind the wheel, causing the car to veer to the right of the road. It then went into a ditch and struck a large rock that spun the vehicle back into road.

Everyone in the car was injured, with Jordan and the juvenile being transported to Pleasant Valley Hospital by Mason County Emergency Medical Services personnel. Porter, Harland and Gibbs were all flown by air medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington for treatment of their injuries, according to Powers.

On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for St. Mary’s Medical Center said both Porter and Harland were listed in good condition with Gibbs not listed as a patient.

Powers said no citation has yet been issued in the accident. He added that it appears the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash. Powers also explained the car received major damage.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Department is investigating this crash.