GALLIPOLIS FERRY — A Portland, Ohio man has been cited in an accident which injured himself and another person and closed W.Va. 2 for a brief period on Friday afternoon.
James W. Bias, 59, Portland, Ohio, has been cited for driving on suspended license, left of center and no proof of insurance, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
Bias was the driver of a 2002 Chevy Silverado and had with him an unidentified female passenger. The pickup was headed south on W.Va. 2 around 11:50 a.m. in the Gallipolis Ferry area with the accident occurring south of the R+L Carrier facility.
The sheriff’s department say the preliminary investigation indicates the Silverado pickup went left of center for some unknown reason at this point. The Silverado made contact with an International box truck owned by Big Sandy Superstore which was traveling north on W.Va. 2 and driven by Michael J. Summers, Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
The female passenger in Bias’ truck had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters from the Point Pleasant Fire Department, also on scene. A member of the Valley Fire Department was also present. The female was then flown by air medical helicopter to a trauma facility in Huntington for treatment of her injuries. The sheriff’s department has not yet released her name to allow family members to be notified of her condition.
Bias was transported to Pleasant Valley Hospital by personnel with Mason County EMS for treatment of his injuries. Summers was not transported.
The accident caused both lanes of W.Va. 2 to be closed for around 1.5 hours. This incident remains under investigation. Also assisting on scene were the W.Va. State Police.