CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Hurricane police officer had to be cut from his car Monday morning after flipping the cruiser on Interstate 64 near Cross Lanes.
Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said deputies are investigating the accident, which happened just before 6 a.m. The cruiser ended up upside-down near the westbound Cross Lanes exit ramp.
Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards identified the officer as Ritchie Poe. He said Poe was on his way to work from the Charleston area when he hit a patch of water in the westbound lane and hydroplaned. His cruiser went into the median, hit a dip and went airborne, rolling about three times, the mayor said.
Poe was "heavily entrapped" in the wreckage, Humphreys said. Firefighters from the Nitro and St. Albans fire departments responded.
Humphreys said Poe was alert and talking while rescue crews cut him out of the vehicle. He was freed just before 6:30 a.m.
Edwards said Poe was taken to CAMC General Hospital. He was bruised and had some facial injuries, but none of his injuries were considered life-threatening.
"He may actually be released today," Edwards said
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