A WSAZ news story indicates that the accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 77, near the Chelyan/East Bank exit. According to officials, a van was driving southbound on the interstate when its driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into the side wall and overturn. The van came to a rest in the northbound lanes of traffic.
The van’s driver was injured in the accident. He was driven to a nearby hospital for treatment. His medical condition is not unknown at this time. The driver’s identity has not yet been released.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident and there were no other passengers in the van.
The root of the accident remains to be determined. Adverse weather conditions may have been a factor. The investigation of the accident continues.
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.