WBOY reports that the accident happened at about 9:40 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79, near the 147 mile marker. Officials said that a vehicle was travelling on the interstate when it was sideswiped by a second vehicle. The first vehicle then crashed into a guardrail, causing its driver to lose control. The vehicle then spun back out into traffic.
The second vehicle didn’t stop.
The 2 people in the first vehicle were injured in the accident. They had to be taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.
The names of those related to the hit and run accident remains concealed.
Police are still looking for the driver of the second vehicle. Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to call the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.
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.