MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH — A Kermit PK-8 teacher died after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 119 Monday, the Williamson Daily News reported.
Ashley Ferguson, 27, of Lenore was driving a Ford Escape about 3:30 p.m. Monday when she pulled out onto Corridor G and was struck by a Chevy Silverado driven by Aaron Copley, a police report said. Ferguson, who was a first grade teacher at the school, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Copley had a severe broken leg and was transported to Pikeville Medical Center.
Ferguson was returning from a teacher training at Mingo Central High School on a Faculty Senate Day, according to the news report. She taught at the school for four years.
"Ashley Ferguson was one of the most dedicated young teachers I have encountered in my years as an administrator," Kermit Assistant Principal Ashley White told the newspaper. "She loved her students as if they were her own, and she went above and beyond to ensure their needs were met each day."
Kermit Principal Deborah Starr told the newspaper Ferguson’s smile will be missed by the entire staff.
“We are mindful to see to the needs of our students and help them through this. We will have grief counselors available when they return to school. Our prayers are with her family. They had a beautiful daughter who touched the hearts of many. We are heartbroken. We are like family at Kermit."