|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is
investigating a fatal accident last week on Ky. Rt. 344 involving three vehicles.
Mark Snedegar said the accident happened about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday as a 1992 Chevrolet
Lumina, operated by Mary McClurg, 55, of Vanceburg, was traveling east on Ky. Rt. 344
about two miles from Ky. Rt. 59.
Snedegar said the Lumina reportedly veered left and into the path of a 1999 Ford 350
truck pulling a 24-foot gooseneck trailer. The truck was operated by Kerry Rex, Elam, 53,
Snedegar said Elam attempted to avoid colliding with the Lumina and the truck and
trailer jackknifed. He said the Lumina struck the truck, then an embankment, and continued
about 100 feet before coming to rest in a ditch on the north side of the roadway.
He said the truck and a school bus, which had been following the Lumina, also collided
causing minor damage to the driver's side of the bus.
The truck and trailer also came to rest in a ditch on the north side of the roadway and
the bus stopped in the eastbound lane, Snedegar said.
McClurg was pronounced dead at the scene by Lewis County Deputy Coroner Jim Estepp.
Passengers in the Lumina, Clarissa McClurg and her daughter, were taken to Southern Ohio
Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, for treatment.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Firefighter David "Pudge" Stafford shovels
dirt to restrict the flow of leaking fuel last week following an accident on Ky. Rt. 344
south of Vanceburg. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon and involved three vehicles.
Elam and his passenger, Chris Elam, and the bus driver, Michael Thomas, 35, of
Vanceburg, were not injured, Snedegar said. There were no students on the bus.
Traffic on Ky. Rt. 34 was blocked for nearly three hours until the scene could be
The incident remains under investigation by Snedegar who was assisted at the scene by
Deputy Tom Polley, Lewis County Emergency Management, Portsmouth Ambulance, and Camp Dix,
Kinniconick and Vanceburg Fire and Rescue Squads.
Arrangements for Mrs. McClurg were under the direction of Dickerson Funeral Home in