UPDATE: No charges filed in Rainelle fatal accident


RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) – 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020: Rainelle Police Chief Dean Fankle confirmed the investigation into last week’s fatal accident is complete. Fanklle told 59News no charges are pending.

RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2020: According to Rainelle Police, the driver of the logging truck contact them.

RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) – 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Rainelle Police are still looking for witnesses to a fatal accident that happened on Tuesday, April 22, 2020.

Officers are looking for the driver or the company of a logging truck they believe could have been in the area at the time of the accident. They captured a logging truck traveling east on Route 60 in Rainelle around the same time as the accident. Officers believe the driver could be a witness.

Rainelle Police believe the driver of this logging truck could be a witness to the fatal accident.

If anyone has any information, contact Rainelle Police at (304) 438-7191.

Rainelle Police believe the driver of this truck could be a key witness to the fatal accident.

RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) – 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020: A 9-year-old student at Rainelle Elementary was hit on Route 60 by a loaded gravel truck. Rainelle Police arrived on scene and are leading the investigation.

The boy was taken to the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. He was then taken to Roanoke, Virginia via ambulance.

Sgt. Joshuah Stevens was on scene.

“Upon arrival at Roanoke, Virginia, the male victim had succumbed to his injuries and is now deceased,” Stevens said.

Rainelle Police talked to witnesses at the scene. Sgt. Stevens also said they have full cooperation from the trucking company.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation conducted a thorough investigation of the truck Wednesday morning. They will hand that report to the police when they finish their assessments.

Sgt. Stevens said anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to call the Rainelle Police Department to give a statement.

“A case like this is sensitive because someone is deceased as of now, but it also involves a juvenile which makes it more sensitive,” Stevens said. “So, we’re trying to obtain as many as we can get an accurate statement, determination of what actually happened and what caused it to happen.”

Contact police at (304) 438-7772.

RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Police in Rainelle, WV confirmed on Wednesday a child who was hit by a truck on Tuesday evening passed away. The boy was 9-years-old.

There are no further details were available and the child’s name was not released. The investigation into the incident is still going on.

ORIGINAL STORY: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2020: A child is in the hospital after being hit by a truck in Greenbrier County.

According to Greenbrier County Dispatchers, a child was hit by a truck on Route 60 in the Rainelle area. It happened just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

The child was reportedly air lifted to Roanoke to treat his injuries. Details are still limited. The Rainelle Police Department is handling the investigation.

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