The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident happened at around 1 p.m. on W.Va. 83. McDowell County Sheriff’s Cpl. L.S. Noe said that the coal truck was driving in the wrong lane of traffic when it crashed into a McDowell County ambulance as it went around a curve, resulting in the ambulance being pinned up against the hillside.
The woman that was driving the ambulance was killed in the crash. She was confirmed dead at the site. The victims identity will be released after family members have been notified.
There has been no word on whether or not anyone else was injured in the accident. It is unclear whether or not the ambulance was carrying a patient.
Officials with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department are still 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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