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W.Va. 9 shut down after wreck

March 06, 2002

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - W.Va. 9 near Bloomery Bridge was closed for at least two hours Tuesday afternoon after a car collided with a tractor-trailer near Evans market, police said.

Police believe Penny Evelyn Main, 25, of Stafford, Va., may have turned her head to talk to her two children in the back seat of her car when the westbound car went left of the center line and struck the truck nearly head-on, said Lt. Robert E. Shirley of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Main's car slid down the side of the truck and turned around two times in the road, Shirley said.

The front of the car and a side section were torn off, he said.

"How she didn't go up under that truck, I don't know," Shirley said.

The truck, which was being driven by Elmer F. Buckler III, 40, ran off the side of the road and into a culvert, Shirley said.

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Main, her two children, Kaylin Main, 3, and Hayli Main, 2, and Buckler were treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. and released.

It took at least two hours to clear debris from the road and to pull the truck out of the culvert, he said.

W.Va. 9 in the area of the accident was closed and traffic was rerouted around the area.

- Dave McMillion

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