(03/25/2002)
10 AM Monday - 20-year-old Brian Wagoner of Carroll Road, Big Bend is listed in "critical condition" at Charleston Area Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit today, according to the hospital's public information department.

A family spokesperson said young Wagoner was suffering from trauma to the head, two fractures in one leg, a punctured lung, an injured kidney, a crushed nose and other injuries. Family members were at the hospital throughout the night.

Wagoner's father, Rodney was killed yesterday when a pickup truck driven by Melvin Shaffer, 18, of Normantown apparently went left-of-center and crashed head-on with the Wagoner vehicle near Big Bend. Brian was driving the Wagoner truck.

Shaffer is listed in "fair condition" by Charleston Area Medical Center.

The Wagoner family of Yellow Creek have been mainstays in the Spruce Hollow Community Church.

Brian Wagoner and Melvin Shaffer were taken to CAMC by HealthNet chopper, following the Sunday afternoon accident.

Wagoner's body was taken to Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, and was removed to the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Editor's Note: Pastors and church members of the Spruce Hollow Community Church are asking for prayer for the victims of this accident. See March 24 story on accident.


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