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Pickups collide, woman killed

January 31, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville woman died Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision between two pickup trucks on W.Va. 9 West near W.Va. 7 in Berkeley County, police said.

Stephanie R. Brittingham, 26, was driving east in a gray 1996 Toyota when she veered left of center at 2:20 p.m. and struck a green 1997 Ford pickup driven by Michael K. Humphrey, according to West Virginia State Police.

The speed limit along that stretch of W.Va. 9 is 55 mph, and police were unsure what caused Brittingham to cross into oncoming traffic.

Brittingham was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Humphrey, 60, of Hedgesville, and his passenger, Helen Humphrey, 57, were taken to Martinsburg City Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, police said. Both of the Humphreys were wearing seat belts and their air bags were deployed, police said.

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With the front ends of both vehicles pushed back into the truck bodies by the impact of the collision, it took rescue crews about 25 minutes to free the drivers from the passenger cabs, said Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Mike Nichols.

The accident backed up traffic on W.Va. 9 for at least 2 miles in both directions while crews cleared the scene and swept up debris. The road was completely reopened shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

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