By DON AINES
Staff writer, Martinsburg
FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A Mercersburg, Pa., man was injured Tuesday in the second of two accidents just minutes apart involving a total of seven vehicles on Interstate 81 just south of the Potomac River bridge, according to West Virginia State Police.
Bernard E. Toporzycki, 48, of 2903 Lemar Road, Mercersburg, was listed in fair condition Tuesday evening at Washington County Hospital.
The first accident occurred 11:40 a.m., when a tractor-trailer driven by Paula Adkison, 42, of Albuquerque, N.M., struck the rear of another tractor-trailer driven by Angelina Tulea, 41, of Lilburn, Ga., police said. That rig in turn hit a passenger car driven by Brian Ravert, 42, of Troy, Ohio.
Ravert's car was sandwiched between Tulea's truck and another driven by Brady Meade, 63, of Gore, Va. Despite heavy damage to his car, Ravert was unhurt and had left his vehicle by the time police arrived, Trooper Roger Copson said.