WSAZ reports that the accident happened at around 6:30 a.m on U.S. 52 by Gilbert. The 2 teenagers were heading to Mingo Central High School when the driver of their vehicle lost control and the car overturned.
Tyler Hatfield, 17, died in the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dakota “Cody” Carter, a senior at Mingo Central High School, was seriously injured in the crash and had to be airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital to receive medical treatment. The principal of Mingo Central High School said that Carter is expected to be okay.
The cause of the accident remains to be determined. Mingo County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating.
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.
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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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