The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident happened at about 2 p.m. on U.S. 52. Officials said that the high school students were in a pickup truck when the pickup truck went across the centerline and into the path of an oncoming coal truck. The 2 vehicles collided head on.
Both students were injured in the accident. The male driver was trapped in the truck, but his female passenger climbed out and was able to call for help. Officials said both of the students were conscious and talking when paramedics and firefighters who arrived at the scene.
The students were taken to Logan Area Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries. The coal truck’s driver was uninjured.
It’s unclear what caused the pickup truck to cross the center line. The accident is under ongoing investigation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2010 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 315 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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