A WSAZ news report states that the accident occurred at about 4 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate. Deputies said that Carol Straight, who was in her 60s, was driving her 2002 Ford Explorer along the interstate when she suddenly lost control of the vehicle.
The vehicle went off of the roadway and onto the berm before swerving back across the southbound lanes and across the median. The Explorer finally stopped when it crashed into the northbound guardrail.
The accident report indicates that Straight suffered fatal wounds in the crash and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash and there were no other passengers in Straight’s vehicle. No further injuries or fatalities have been brought forth.
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 inWest 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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