November 9, 2011 - Huntington, W.Va. - A man was charged in a car accident that sent 2 teenagers to the hospital on Saturday, November 5.
WSAZ reports that the accident happened at about 8:45 p.m. on Waverly Road in the Westmoreland area. Officials said that a van crashed into the rear of another car when the car came to a stop at a red light.
Two teenagers were in the car at the time of the accident. The boy, 17, was trapped in the vehicle immediately following the accident and had to be freed by emergency response crews. The boy's girlfriend, 16, also sustained injuries in the crash. Both had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. The teenagers have since been treated and released.
The van's driver, Raymond Eugene Chinn, of Huntington, was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and operating a vehicle without insurance. Officials said that his license had been suspended due to a previous DUI.
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.
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