2 critical after W.Va. 9 accident

April 05, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - A man and woman were in critical condition at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., on Sunday, after their car struck a ditch, became airborne and hit a tree on W.Va. 9 near Kearneysville.

According to West Virginia State Police, Shawn Plotner of Martinsburg, age and address unavailable, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro westbound at about 7:52 a.m. Sunday near the Berkeley-Jefferson County line.

Police said he was driving at a high speed when the car ran off the north side of the road.

Police said Plotner tried to steer the Camaro back to the road but overcompensated. The car skidded sideways across the center line and into the eastbound lane, police said.

Police said the car continued off of the road backwards. The Camaro went into a drainage ditch, came back up and was airborne for about 63 feet, before flipping over and striking a tree on the driver's side.


Plotner and his passenger, Serena Boarman, age and address unavailable, had to be extricated from the car.

Captain Mike Hough of the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department said it took emergency crews about 25 minutes to cut the roof and doors off of the Camaro and get Plotner and Boarman out.

"There was just so much extensive damage to the car it was kind of a complicated extrication," Hough said.

Both were taken to Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, then flown to Fairfax Hospital.

Police said the cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it appears Plotner was driving too fast.

The Camaro was totaled, said Sgt. Rob Blair.

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