Bloomery man dies in ATV accident here

A Bloomery, W.Va. man with Morgan County ties has died as a result of an ATV accident here today, Tuesday, June 16.

Ralph D. Barnes, 60, was on property he owns on Spook Hollow Lane off of Ruppenthal Road and was operating an ATV there this morning when the vehicle apparently tipped on steep terrain and rolled onto him. A person with Barnes on the property went looking for him in late morning after he had not returned from going to collect rocks from a stream, said Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer. That person called 911 to report Barnes was pinned under the ATV.

Deputy Dennis Jenkins responded to the property, along with members of South Morgan Volunteer Fire Company, Morgan County EMS and the Medical Examiner’s office.