By RACHEL C. DOVE
A Naugatuck woman who crashed her vehicle into a school bus in January was involved in another accident at the end of March, and was, once again, taken into custody by the West Virginia State Police.
According to information received from WVSP Trooper J.D. Matheny, Katharine Willis, 35, was operating a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix on Rt. 52 North near the Old Field Branch Rd. entrance when she allegedly crossed the center line of the highway and struck a service truck head-on that was pulling a small trailer.
“There were four males in the service truck including the driver,” said Matheny. “They were all transported to the hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries and complaints.
“Ms. Willis refused medical treatment and was taken into custody.”
Willis was charged with failure to remain in control of vehicle, driving on a revoked license, and second offense DUI.
When the January accident occurred that involved a loaded school bus (no children were injured), Matheny, the investigating officer on that case also, charged Willis with driving on a suspended license, giving false information to a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.
Assisting Matheny at the scene were fellow Troopers T.G. Kania and D.C. Moore and Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Deputy E. Sherrill and Corporal N. Mines. STAT Ambulance transported the patients from the scene. Members of the Chattaroy Volunteer Fire Department also responded.