Collision claims one life, still under investigation
On March 31 at approximately 3:43 p.m., Tyler County 911 received a call about a two vehicle accident with entrapment. The location was near the intersection of state Route 2 and Wells Hill Road, just north of the Momentive Plant. Units dispatched to the scene included the Sistersville Fire Department, Sistersville E.M.S., Middlebourne E.M.S. and Tyler County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon arrival of these units, it appeared to be a head on collision blocking the southbound lane. One vehicle traveling southbound was a 2005 Chevy Cobalt being driven by Pamela Ruble, 53, and passenger Terry Ruble, 58, both of St. Marys, W.Va. Sistersville Fire Department used the Jaws of Life on this vehicle and removed the entrapped victims. These two individuals were transported to Sistersville General Hospital for treatment. The second vehicle, which was traveling northbound, was a 20112 Ford Edge being driven by Debra A. McKown, 56, of Normantown, W.Va. She was the only occupant of this vehicle and was transported to Wetzel County Hospital for treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Monroe Towing.
After arrival of Pamela Ruble at Sistersville General Hospital, she was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m. by an attending emergency room physician. Terry Ruble was transported to Ruby Memorial in Morgantown and Debra McKown was released from WCH. The accident is still currently under investigation by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office.