(03/26/2002)
2 PM UPDATE - Big Bend resident Brian Wagoner, 20, remains in "critical" condition at Charleston General Hospital Tuesday afternoon in the Intensive Care Unit, according to hospital spokesperson Andy Wassel. Wagoner was injured Sunday in a two-truck collision on Route 5 near Big Bend, in which his father was killed.

Young Wagoner is suffering from multi-trauma after being extracted by the Jaws of Life by the Grantsville VFD. Family members have been at the hospital since he was life-flighted to Charleston.

Rodney Wagoner, 44, a passenger in the truck driven by his son, died at the scene.

CAMC reported Tuesday afternoon that 18-year-old Melvin Shaffer, the driver of the second truck involved in the head-on collision, is in "satisfactory" condition in a general hospital bed, although a family spokesperson reported young Shaffer as still being in the trauma unit with multiple injuries.

Police have indicated charges may be brought against individuals who were involved in two Calhoun accidents within a week, both with fatalities.

CAMC said Tuesday afternoon, the driver of a van involved in a March 17 collision at Leatherbark on U.S. 33-119, is still a patient in "satisfactory condition." Officials have indicated Walter Jack, 59, of Gassaway, could be charged with vehicular homicide, related to the death of Pauline Osterholdt of Chloe.

Ms. Osterholt's husband Douglas, was discharged from CAMC yesterday, and his granddaughter was discharged shortly after the accident.

Funeral services for Rodney Wagoner are incomplete at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.


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