Boating accident injures couple from Tuppers Plains

BELLEVILLE – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is investigating the cause of a boating accident that injured a Tuppers Plains couple Tuesday.

Darrell Wheeler, 61, was listed in good condition at Camden Clark Medical Center’s Memorial Campus Wednesday, while his wife, Gloria, 58, was still under evaluation in the intensive care unit at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital.

The accident occurred around 2:13 p.m. Tuesday on the Ohio River near Belleville, according to Sgt. G.F. Mullins with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The Wheelers were in a 20-foot Glastron fiberglass pleasure boat.

“At some point they ran aground, striking a tree with the bow of the vessel,” Mullins said. “The actual cause is still under investigation.”

The crash occurred on the West Virginia side of the river.

It was the second boating accident on the Ohio this week that resulted in someone being sent to the hospital.

On Saturday, Randall B. Hamilton, 49, of Parkersburg was taken to Camden Clark’s Memorial Campus after his boat collided with a 15-barge tow on the Ohio River near the confluence with the Little Kanawha. He sustained minor injuries and was released Monday.

That incident also remains under investigation.

Mullins said recent warmer conditions mean there are likely to be more folks out on the water.

“You’re getting into the season now where the weather’s actually cooperated,” he said.