February 3, 2011 - Pendleton County, W.Va. - Two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday following a single-vehicle wreck that occurred in the area on Allegheny Mountain where a fatal tractor trailer accident occurred on Monday.
WDTV reports that the accident happened at around 3 a.m. Wednesday along the Randolph-Pendleton County line on U.S. Route 33. A truck was driving eastbound on the roadway when the vehicle's brakes failed. The truck then went off of the road and slid about 600 feet down an embankment.
Two people, Ruby Housworth and Roduan Elfakiri, were in the vehicle when it crashed. Elfakiri was able to climb out of the vehicle and get back up to the road. At about 7:30 a.m., he was finally able to get a ride with a passerby.
Rescue crews arrived a short time later, but it took nearly 3 hours of effort to extract Housworth from the truck. Housworth had to be flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital immediately following the accident. Elfakiri was transported to a local hospital only to be later taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital via helicopter.
According to officials, both victims are expected to recover.
The accident remains under investigation by Pendleton County State Police.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 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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