Truck crashes into house - sends 3 to hospital

April 3, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A truck careening into a house has sent three people to a Huntington, W.Va. hospital. Lewis County, Ky. Sheriff Johnny Bivens said a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by 52-year-old John Templeton of Foster, Ky. was traveling west on RC Lane Tuesday evening when Templeton lost control of the vehicle. Bivens said the truck exited the rightt side of the roadway and into the residence of Doug Hyrne.

Bivens said, at the time of the crash, Hyrne, Wanda Geagley, and Geagley’s grandson were in the living room of the residence. The truck impacted at least two of the victims, throwing them onto the front porch area. Bivens said, upon impact, the front portion of the residence collapsed onto the victims, trapping them under debris for approximately 30 minutes.

All three were life-flighted to Cabell Huntington Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Templeton was transported to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, Ky.

Bivens said the event data recorder, commonly referred to as the “black box” was retrieved from the vehicle and was to be sent away for analysis. He said the results will determine the speed of the vehicle before and upon impact, as well as braking, if any, that may have occurred at the time of the accident.

“I was already back out there this (Wednesday) morning,” Lewis County Deputy Dwayne Stone said. “We were just looking for any evidence that indicated if there was any fault with the vehicle, such as skid marks. We also took some more photographs, after the fact, when nobody was around, so that we could get a look at the residence and the structure itself.”

Stone said he and other investigators also spoke with some of the neighbors Wednesday morning.

“I did speak with some family members this morning who said that the female (Geagley) was in surgery, and that the grandson and Mr. Hyrne were still in ICU,” Stone said.

Bivens said upon reviewing all of the evidence in the case, that evidence will be presented to a Lewis County grand jury. Deputy Matt Ross is investigating the accident and was assisted by Bivens, John Ferguson of the Vanceburg Fire Department, Vanceburg Fire and Rescue, and King’s Daughters Medical Transport.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.