The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 79. Officials said that a red car rear-ended a silver car on the interstate. Both cars were stopped in the middle of the road when a third car crashed into them.
A man and a woman in the red car suffered unknown injuries in the accident and had to be airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital. A man and a woman in the silver car and the driver of the third vehicle were transported to United Hospital Center. Their injuries are also unknown.
All 4 of the southbound lanes were blocked to traffic following the crash. All lanes were reopened over an hour later, after crews had reconstructed and cleared the scene. Clarksburg Police are still in the stages of 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.