WBOY reports that the accident happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79, near exit 99. Troopers with the West Virginia State Police said that the sedan was traveling in the left lane when its driver lost control and the vehicle spun out. The sedan then crashed into the hillside before overturning several times and finally coming to a rest on a guardrail.
The sedan caught fire soon after landing on the guardrail. A truck driver was able to stop and put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.
Whether or not anyone was seriously injured as a result of this crash is unknown. The identities of the sedan’s driver and the truck driver have not yet been released.
Traffic was slow near the accident while crews worked to clear the scene. Officials were on the scene to direct traffic around the crash.
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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