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Sleds, car collide

two boys injured

January 30, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A 12-year-old boy was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a second boy was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital after they collided with a car while sledding along Avon Bend Road on Thursday afternoon, a West Virginia State Police sergeant said.

The boys were riding separate sleds down a driveway at a house about 1:15 p.m. when they traveled into the path of a Toyota Camry driven by David L. Athey, 68, Sgt. E.D. Anderson said.

When Athey stopped, the two boys were on the ground behind his car, Anderson said.

Anderson said he believes the 12-year-old boy was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital then flown to Children's Hospital.

The second boy, who is 8, was being treated at Jefferson Memorial Thursday afternoon, Anderson said.

Anderson said he could not comment on the injuries the boys received or their conditions.

Anderson also declined to identify the boys.

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Their conditions were not available Thursday night.

Anderson said the accident was unavoidable for Athey, who lives in the nearby Avon Bend area.

"There was nothing he could do," Anderson said.

The accident occurred seven-tenths of a mile from the intersection of Avon Bend Road and General Rogers Road, Anderson said.

General Rogers Road turns off Kabletown Road about five miles south of Charles Town.

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