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Motorists injured in W.Va. crashes

July 01, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Several people were injured in two different car accidents in Morgan County, W.Va., on Monday, including a man on a motorcycle and a woman driving with her two sons, according to police.

Morgan County Sheriff's Department deputies investigated the wrecks, both of which were single-vehicle accidents.

The accident involving the children happened on Waugh Road when a Chevrolet Cavalier went off the road and hit a tree head-on, said Morgan County Sheriff Ronnie McIntire.

It took nearly 45 minutes for emergency personnel to cut off the top of the woman's car and free her from the wreckage, McIntire said.

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The woman's younger son, a 4-year-old riding in a car seat, did not appear to be seriously injured, said Deputy Kevin Barney.

The woman's older son, whom police estimated was 12 or 13 years old, was trapped inside the car and suffered what appeared to be serious leg injuries, police said. The woman also seemed to suffer serious injuries, police said.

Police declined to release the names, saying they were trying to track down next of kin.

Both the woman and her older son were taken by helicopter to Washington County Hospital. The younger boy was taken by ambulance to the same hospital, McIntire said.

No information was available on their conditions.

Cpl. Vince Shambaugh was investigating the wreck.

The accident involving the motorcycle happened at around 2:05 p.m. on W.Va. 9, about three miles east of U.S. 522, said Barney, who investigated that accident.

James Howard, age unknown, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., reportedly told medical personnel that his Yamaha motorcycle went off the road when he tried to avoid hitting an animal. Barney said Monday night that he had not had a chance to interview Howard.

When Barney arrived at the wreck site, Howard was in the back of an ambulance.

Medics took Howard by ambulance to Warm Springs Middle School, where a helicopter landed and flew Howard out for treatment. His condition could not be obtained Monday night.

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