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Two die in W.Va. head-on crash

January 26, 1998

Two die in W.Va. head-on crash

By DON AINES

Staff writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police Sunday night were investigating a head-on collision that left a man and woman dead and three others injured on W.Va. 9 east of the city.

Trooper M.M. Kingery confirmed at 11 p.m. from Martinsburg City Hospital that two unidentified people were killed in the accident. He said another woman and a child, also unidentified, from the same car were admitted, but he did not know the extent of their injuries.

The accident happened at 8:37 p.m. just east of the Kelly Island Road intersection where the two eastbound lanes close down to one. Troopers found a large older model Mercury two-door sedan sitting on the shoulder of the westbound lanes facing east.

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In a ditch along the road next to Eastern Regional Jail was a late model Chevy Cavalier facing west. Both vehicles had severe front-end damage and the Cavalier's roof had been pried off to free the occupants of the car.

When ambulance personnel from the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Co. arrived at the scene, "There was no pulse on both front seat passengers," Trooper D.M. Olack said of the man and woman in the Cavalier.

The man was driving and the woman was sitting in the passenger's seat next to him, according to Trooper E.D. Burnett.

The other woman and the child were sitting in the back seat of the Cavalier, Burnett said.

Also taken to the hospital was the driver of the Mercury, whom Olack identified as David Grove, age unavailable, of Raleigh Street, Martinsburg. His passenger, Robert Barrett, age unavailable, of Martinsburg, refused treatment, Olack said.

Kingery said Grove suffered head and chest injuries and was still being treated late Sunday night. Kingery said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening but he did not know if Grove would be admitted.

According to Olack, Grove was traveling east in the right-hand lane, which is for right turns only. A witness told Olack the car swerved hard left as the right lane ended and crossed the eastbound lane and the painted divider into the westbound lane.

According to Berkeley County Central Dispatch, two ambulances from Baker Heights and one each from Martinsburg, South Berkeley and the county emergency services unit were sent to the scene.

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