October 11, 2010 - Cross Lanes, W.Va. - A potentially fatal motorcycle accident on Interstate 64 sent one man to the hospital, where dispatchers say he later died. Reports are still unclear, as police have yet to confirm whether the motorcycle accident victim did indeed pass away as a result of injuries suffered in Saturday's crash in Kanawha County.
WBOY reports that the motorcycle accident occurred on Interstate 64 close to mile marker 48 and the Cross Lanes entrance ramp. The motorcyclist was travelling in the eastbound lanes when, according to witnesses, he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a guardrail.
Witnesses have also stated that the man's helmet was knocked off and he was tossed from the motorcycle when it crashed.
Though it was originally thought that the man died on the scene, first responders were able to find a pulse. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Dispatchers said that the man later died in the hospital, but this has not yet been confirmed by named authorities.
The man was the only person on the motorcycle at the time of the crash. No other vehicles were involved. The I-64 accident caused one lane to be closed for a short time as police responded to the accident.
The motorcycle crash remains under investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2008 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 380 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
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Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
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- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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