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Accident sends five to area hospitals

SOUTH POINT - Five people were injured Monday evening in a three-car pileup on U.S. 52 at Grandview Drive, delaying traffic.

According to an Ohio State Highway Patrol report, the three cars were all eastbound on U.S. 52 in the right-hand lane when the accident occurred.

Carl Howard, 51, of Ashland, Ky., had apparently stopped for traffic when his 2005 Chevrolet van was struck in the rear by a 1989 Ford Thunderbird driven by Brian Pelkey, 37, of Vinton, Va.

Upon impact, Pelkey's vehicle turned sideways and was broadsided by a 1999 Plymouth Sebring driven by Julie Miller of Hurricane, W.Va.

Pelkey, Miller and two children riding in one of the cars, Taylor Ratcliff, 6, and Alexis Ratcliff, 10, were taken by South East Ohio Emergency Medical Services to local hospitals.

A passenger in Pelkey's car, Tracy Ratcliff, was taken from the scene by Healthnet helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.

Pelkey was listed in good condition this morning at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Cathy Cosco. Miller was treated and released while Tracy Ratcliff was listed in serious condition.

Information on the two children was not immediately available. The patrol report was incomplete as of press time.