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Girl, 10, killed in W.Va. car accident

November 08, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 10-year-old Kearneysville, W.Va., girl died Monday night after the car in which she was riding collided with a pickup truck in front of Wal-Mart, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The driver of the car, Frances Ferguson, 57, of Kearneysville, was in serious condition Monday night at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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The girl's name wasn't released by police, but Sgt. R.E. Shirley said she lived on Oak Tree Road.

The girl was in the passenger seat of a 1999 Hyundai turning from the northbound lane of W.Va. 340 into the Wal-Mart lot around 6 p.m., Shirley said.

As the car crossed the southbound lanes, its passenger side collided with a 1992 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Christopher B. Ott, 28, of 32 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville, Shirley said.

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All three were wearing their seat belts, Shirley said.

When the vehicles collided, the Hyundai was pushed into a a 1991 Pontiac Firebird driven by Joyce A. Matz, of 104 Heron Court in Charles Town, W.Va., Shirley said.

The accident was still under investigation and no charges had been filed Monday night, he said.

The southbound lanes of W.Va. 340 were shut down for about 30 minutes after the crash, causing a lengthy traffic jam, said Fire Chief Ed Smith of Independent Fire Co. in Ranson, W.Va.

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