A Fayette County woman was killed and her passenger injured Tuesday, Jan. 6 when she drove into the path of a coal truck at an intersection on Cabin Creek Road in Kanawha County that has a history of fatal accidents.

State Police said Misty Kay Boles, 31, of Fayetteville, was killed around 10:30 a.m. when she pulled in front of a coal truck driven by Troy Goodwin of Miami (Kanawha County).

Joy Baumbush, 32, of Oak Hill, a passenger in Boles’ Mercury Cougar, sustained a broken wrist and injuries to her knee, State Police said. Goodwin, the coal truck driver, was not injured.

Cpl. S. Pettry said Boles was attempting to turn right from Sharon Hollow onto Cabin Creek Road when she failed to observe Goodwin traveling east on Cabin Creek Road. Pettry said Boles possibly panicked and accelerated quickly after seeing the truck approaching in an attempt to cross Cabin Creek Road and avoid the coal truck. Based on Baumbush’s statement to police, Boles was initially going to turn right onto Cabin Creek Road.

Pettry said the two women were en route to Charleston.

State Police said Goodwin, who works for Big-E Transfer Inc., was not at fault. His truck weight was 77,000 pounds, 3,000 pounds under the limit of 80,000 allowed by state law. No citations were issued.

Traffic backed up for miles both ways on Cabin Creek as the road was closed to clean up the wreck.

Wrecks at the intersection are a common occurrence, some residents said as they recalled several fatalities that have happened in the past five years. All of the wrecks have involved some sort of large truck, but residents say they don’t believe the truckers are at fault.

“This is a bad, busy intersection,” Cabin Creek resident A.C. Bright said. “They definitely need some sort of light. Something needs to be done.”

Howell said he is scared every time he pulls out onto the road, which is heavily traveled and has a curve that could make it difficult to see oncoming traffic.

He also suggested a light should be added to the intersection.

Steve Dewese, a supervisor with Big-E Transfer, said the company is sorry the accident happened, but there was not a lot the driver could do.

“We think our driver did everything he could possibly do,” Dewese said while on the scene of the accident. “It’s a tragedy all the way around.”

— The Charleston Daily Mail contributed to this story.

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