Entry for November 02, 2006

Map of Bradshaw from Yahoo.com.

More  about the Bradshaw, WV rock slide and Dorothy and Edgel Collins.   A topix forum post by their grandson Steve in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, October 30 advised that

Dorthy (sic) is in icu and unresponsive. Edgel has broken bones in neck , broken shoulder blade, broken ribs. they were flew to Charleston med center. sat morn/fri
night

Debbie of   Bridgeport, WV had posted on Saturday, October 28 :

THERE WILL BE PEOPLE PICKETING MONDAY MORNING,NOT GOING TO LET THE BUSES GO THROUGH THERE.WHILE I DONT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO HAVE TO GO BY THERE IN A BUS,I DONT WANT HER TO HAVE TO MISS SO MUCH SCHOOL..THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT MADE A BIG MESS THERE.I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY CHOSE THAT LOCATION FOR THE SCHOOL ANYWAY..IT WILL BE IN A FLOOD ZONE AND THE CLIFFS THERE HAS ALWAYS BE UNSTABLE..NOW THEY HAVE PROBLY TOOK A LIFE.EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE DONE HAS BEEN DONE ASS BACKWARDS.I PRAY FOR THE COLLINS FAMILY IN THIS TERRIBLE TIME..I SURE THE FAMILY WOULD BE THANKFUL FOR ALL THE PRAYERS.

The next day,  she added,

IMAGINE HAD IT BEEN A BUS LOAD OF KIDS..AND I JUST DONT SEE HOW THEY CAN REROUTE THE BUSES AROUND THE RIDGES I TRAVELED IT THE OTHER DAY WHEN WE HAD THE ROCK SLIDE AND AFTER WE GOT UP THERE ABOUT A MILE THERE WAS A TRACTOR TRAILOR STALLED OFF(COULDNT MAKE IT AROUND THE STEEP CURVE).THE RIDGE ROADS ARE JUST TO NARROW AND LONG FOR THE BUSES OT TRAVEL.MY DAUGHTER IS ALREADY NOT GETTING HOME TIL 4 NOW IF THEY TRAVEL THE RIDGES SHE WONT GET HOME TIL 5 OR 6..ITS A BAD SITUATION.

imqtpie from Cyclone added,

thursday a few of the busses was stuck there for 3 hours along with other traffic, my kids didnt get home until after 7pm and they were starved to death and all got into a big fight over the bathroom when they got home,we were tarrified that they were not home we didnt know what had happened and of course are mind races and we think the worse. 
 

The Huntington, WV Herald Dispatch ran an AP story today,  “Fatal rock slide in McDowell prompts safety concerns.”    Bradshaw Mayor Lawrence Crigger  told the AP,

Right now, there is a lot of anger….Anytime someone loses their life, that’s just terrible. My heart goes out to the family. They were really good people. 

The story reports about 100 residents turned out for a meeting yesterday at Bradshaw Town Hall  and that the  county school system is flattening the  mountaintop to build a consolidated high school.  

According to the AP story, Dorothy died Tuesday and Edgel remains at Charleston Area Medical Center  with injuries. 

 
Lest you think that Dorothy had lived out her live expectancy, her mother Oma Vance, had  died less than a year ago at the age of 98 and is buied in the Perry Vance Cemetary in McDowell County.
 

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When I looked on the Ilovemountains.org Memorial to the Mountains, I coudln’t tell if this was related to any previous coal mining operation, but it didn’t appear to be, as it occurred near the town of Bradshaw.  Rob, who emailed me the original story has written the reporter at the Bluefield paper to see if that was the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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