October 14, 2011 - Randolph County, W.Va. - An elderly man was killed in a single-vehicle car accident near Elkins on Thursday morning, October 13.
WDTV reports that the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. on Rich Mountain. The man was driving his vehicle on the roadway when the vehicle swerved to the left and struck the rock ledges. The impact caused the car to overturn.
The man was trapped in his vehicle immediately following the accident. Emergency crews were able to free him, but he was declared dead at the scene.
The elderly man's identity has not yet been released to the public. No further injuries or fatalities have been brought forth in connection with this accident.
Officials said that the man may have been suffering from some kind of health issue and that the issue may have been the cause of the accident. The accident is under ongoing investigation by deputies of the Randolph County Sheriff's Department.
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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