WSAZ reports that the incident occurred in the afternoon on Route 21, close to Ripley. According to West Virginia State Police, a car had stopped in the roadway, attempting to make a left turn. A second vehicle then crashed into the rear of the stopped car. Both vehicles were then struck by a third car, which overturned and became airborne on impact.
The driver of the third vehicle, Lee Harrison, 62, was thrown from the vehicle as it flipped. Harrison died from his injuries after being taken to the hospital.
Reports state that 2 more people were injured in the accident. Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. There is no word on the extent of their injuries at this time.
The accident remains under investigation.
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.