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Authorities ID drivers involved in Route 50 crash

Published: Dec. 27, 2020 at 10:49 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 at 5:47 PM EST
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UPDATE:12/28/20 6 P.M.

WOOD COUNTY, W.VA. (WTAP) - Authorities on Monday identified the drivers involved in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night near Volcano Road on Route 50.

Taylor Beckman, 30, of Oakland, Maryland, was flown to a hospital after the crash, while James Hall, 40, of Walkersville, West Virginia, was taken by ambulance to WVU-Medicine Camden Clark hospital, where he remained a patient Monday afternoon, authorities said.

No additional information on Beckman’s condition was available on Monday, but the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said a child taken to the hospital after being rescued from Beckman’s car by passersby was not seriously injured.

The Wood County Crash Team continues to investigate the crash, but the sheriff’s office said Monday afternoon that no charges are likely.

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - It wasn’t just professional first responders who helped at the scene of a head-on crash on Route 50 that resulted in one drive being flown to the hospital Saturday night.

It was getting dark outside, and Kevin and Jamie Nicholas said they were nervous about icy road conditions. They still had hours left to go on their drive to Washington, D.C. to drop their son off at his military base.

That’s when they saw a car lost control.

“The next thing I know, I notice a car just literally drive right through the snowy median,” Kevin said.

“Straight at us,” Jamie added.

The car was originally headed west but crashed into another vehicle going east, right behind the couple.

The Nicholases immediately pulled over to help the drivers.

Jamie said she’s been in those shoes before.

“I mean I went to help because I’ve been in a really really bad car wreck before and I almost lost my life and my children were with me also and people stopped and helped me. One lady stopped and stayed with me for four hours and I was like if I could help someone the way I was helped, then I would definitely do that.”

Daylight was fading fast, and the car that lost control had tinted windows. The only reason the couple could see the driver was because the window was busted. They also noticed the woman was not alone.

“And at that point, you know, I heard her mention that she had a kid in the car,” Kevin said.

The doors wouldn’t budge.

However, the couple wasn’t alone either. At that point, the Nicholases said at least three other drivers had pulled over to help. One of them even had a tool that could break windows.

“They busted out the rear window of the minivan, a gentleman crawled through, and got the child - and got the child out of the car seat and fortunately he was able to get one of the doors open from the inside. They were probably just locked,” Kevin said.

With help on the way and a four-year-old child on hand, people stayed to take care of everyone at the scene. A nurse had pulled up to the wreck as well.

Jamie said, “So we literally got in the backseat of her car and the little boy was very very scared so he - so I was like do you want to come sit on my lap? And he crawled over and just curled up.”

Someone even retrieved the child’s blanket from inside of the wrecked car to keep him warm.

The Nicholases said that, up until the arrival of the emergency crew, about 10 cars altogether from both directions had pulled over to help.

Sergeant Cross reported that the child and driver not at fault were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

As of Sunday morning, the mother was in critical condition.

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