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W.Va. woman, 23, injured in crash

July 30, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was airlifted to a Washington, D.C., hospital Tuesday afternoon after her car veered across a road and hit a tree head-on, according to police.

Cpl. Brendan Hall of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said 23-year-old Brandy Newcomb suffered serious injuries to her legs. She was trapped inside her 1993 Dodge Shadow for 20 minutes before rescue personnel were able to remove her from the vehicle, Hall said.

A spokeswoman at Washington Hospital Center said Tuesday night that Newcomb was listed in critical condition.

Air bags in the car deployed, but Newcomb was not wearing her seat belt, Hall said.

A witness told deputies that Newcomb was driving left of center and that he had to get out of her way to avoid a collision, Hall said.

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The wreck happened around 12:30 p.m. on Caryle Road.

Rescue personnel, including those with Bedington Volunteer Fire Department and the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services, assisted at the scene. They had to use jaws-of-life equipment to cut off the car's doors and remove Newcomb, Hall said.

Nobody else was in Newcomb's car and no other cars were involved, Hall said.

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