November 16, 2011 - Martinsburg, W.Va. - The Charleston Gazette reports of 3 people wounded in a hit and run accident involving a tractor trailer on Saturday, November 12.
The accident occurred at about 7:50 p.m. near the 15 mile marker on Interstate 81. According to State Police, a tractor trailer crashed into a black Toyota SUV. The impact sent the SUV into a guardrail and caused it to overturn.
The driver of the tractor trailer reported to have fled the scene.
The SUV was upside-down on the roadway when emergency response officials arrived on the scene. A woman was stuck inside of the vehicle.
The woman, Kimberly Yumlu, had to be airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. Her husband, Christopher Yumlu, and their daughter were transported Martinsburg City Hospital, where they have since been treated and released.
Officials have not yet been able to locate the driver of the tractor trailer. The accident is under ongoing investigation by West Virginia 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.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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