WBOY indicates that the accident happened at about 5 a.m. on Route 20 South, near Buckhannon Upshur High School. A silver Toyota Corolla was travelling on the road when its driver lost control, resulting in the Corolla to go over an embankment and smash into a utility pole. The utility pole was snapped on impact.
The Corolla’s driver, Charles Tenney, 21, of French Creek, was injured in the accident. A HealthNet helicopter was able to land at the high school and fly Tenney to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Tenney is said to be in fair condition.
Route 20 was blocked to traffic for some time following the accident while crews worked to clear the scene. The cause of the accident remains to be determined. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is 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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