MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three people were injured Monday when a Martinsburg man drove his pickup truck the wrong way on Interstate 81 and collided with a northbound Subaru, according to West Virginia State Police.
The 2:08 p.m. accident blocked both northbound lanes for about 40 minutes and backed up traffic for 3 1/2 miles as rescue crews worked to free a Sunbury, Pa., couple in the Subaru and clear the pickup truck from the road.
Rose Wheeland, 59, a passenger in the Subaru, was flown to Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. She was listed in critical condition Monday night, according to a hospital spokesman. Her husband, Seth Wheeland, 63, the driver of the car, was treated at Martinsburg City Hospital and released.
The driver of the pickup truck, Orval M. Kesecker, 87, of Beacon Drive, Martinsburg, was admitted to City Hospital in Martinsburg and was being evaluated Monday night.