Matewan crash claims one life

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

June 15, 2014

By Rachel Dove


NORTH MATEWAN - A Matewan resident was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into several objects.

According to information provided by Mingo County Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith, Deputy Larry Thomas was dispatched by Mingo County 911 at approximately 8:30 p.m. to the scene of a one-vehicle crash in North Matewan. Upon arriving, Thomas found a 2012 Toyota Camry over a steep embankment with the driver and soul occupant, Mark McCoy, 36, of Matewan, trapped inside. The Matewan Volunteer Fire Department extricated McCoy from the wreckage with the Jaws of Life and, along with medics from STAT Ambulance Service, administered first aid in an unsuccessful attempt to revive the injured man.

From the statements provided by eyewitnesses and information gathered by following the line of evidence, Thomas states in the report that McCoy was traveling on State Highway 65 toward Red Jacket when he, for unknown reasons, lost control of the car and slammed into an electrical pole. The car is then said to have left the roadway, struck a tree head-on, then slid over the embankment. No information was provided as to whether the driver was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Mingo County Medical Examiner Mike Casey was called to the scene, where he pronounced McCoy dead. The body was taken to Chambers Funeral Home in Matewan for further examination. The accident remains under investigation by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.