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Boy in Va. wreck listed as stable

July 31, 1997

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ten-year-old Irvin Hess of Quincy, Pa., who was injured in a fiery automobile crash Sunday that claimed the lives of his sister, brother and two others, was listed in stable condition on Wednesday at a Roanoke, Va., hospital, officials said.

Beth Myer, spokeswoman for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where Irvin was being treated in the neurological intensive care unit, said he was transferred Tuesday to Carilion Community Hospital, which also is in Roanoke and has a children's unit.

Irvin was being treated in Community's pediatric intensive care unit, where he is expected to remain for the next few days, Myer said.

Irvin's sister, Sylvia Hess, 14, and his brother, Brian Hess, 13, all of Burkholder Road, died in the wreck. Also killed were their aunt, Anna Marie Talbert, 47, the driver of the car, and her son, David Talbert, both of Boones Mill, Va.

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Talbert's two other children, Rebekah, 12 and Matthew, 15, also were injured.

They were released from the hospital Wednesday, Myer said.

Police in Roanoke said the accelerator on the station wagon became stuck as the vehicle was going down a mountain road and that the brakes on the car broke off into pieces.

The car hit a guardrail and overturned several times before catching fire.

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