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Area woman injured in Interstate 81 crash

April 15, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was airlifted out for treatment Monday morning after her vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 81 and hit the side of a tractor-trailer, according to police.

The wreck happened when a woman driving a 1991 Subaru northbound near the 22-mile marker crossed the interstate's grass median and hit the side of a tractor-trailer heading south, according to Deputy K.L. Garrison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

After hitting the tractor-trailer, the Subaru hit and totaled a Lexus van carrying a family of four from North Carolina. Nobody except the Subaru driver was injured, Garrison said.

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"She was in pretty bad shape," he said.

The woman was flown to Washington County Hospital, but her condition could not be confirmed.

Two other cars sustained minor damage in the accident, which happened at around 7:45 a.m.

The tractor-trailer driver told police the woman driving the Subaru was slumped over when she crossed the median, Garrison said. She left no skid marks. She was wearing her seat belt, police said.

Garrison said the woman was alone in her car and on her way to work in Maryland. Her car came to rest upright, he said.

Had the Subaru first collided with a car, the wreck could have been much worse, Garrison said.

"Thank God for the semi," he said. It had structural damage to its rear wheel area and driver's side. Of the other two cars involved, one had damage to a side mirror, and a truck was dented, Garrison said.

The wreck remained under investigation.

Medics with the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services responded, and Garrison said he was assisted by Deputy K. Sigulinki and Cpl. W.M. Spessert, as well as two officers with the West Virginia State Police.

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