WCHS reports that the incident occurred just after 2 p.m. on Route 35, when Sheila Ray, the driver of an SUV, veered into oncoming traffic and hit a motorcyclist. The SUV then was struck by a tractor trailer that forced the vehicle into a nearby ditch.
The motorcyclist, Pamela Bell, was killed in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities who were called to the scene. Ray had to be cut free from her SUV before being airlifted to a local hospital to receive medical treatment.
As of right now, reports do not indicate if charges have been filed.
Route 35 was blocked to traffic for at least 2 hours following the crash. Emergency response crews were on the scene to clean the debris and investigate the accident.
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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