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W.Va. man seriously injured in Interstate 81 crash

October 19, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after his car was stopped on Interstate 81 and rear-ended by a tractor-trailer Sunday night, according to police.

West Virginia State Police Trooper S.R. Smith asked that the man's name not be printed because the accident remains under investigation. The man, a 22-year-old Bunker Hill, W.Va., resident, was in critical condition Monday night at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Smith said the man's Mazda passenger car was stopped halfway in the interstate's slow lane about half a mile south of exit 8, Tablers Station Road. None of the car's lights was on and police do not know why the man was stopped, Smith said.

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The back of the man's car was hit by a tractor-trailer at 9:30 p.m. after the driver was unable to move into the fast lane in time to avoid the collision, Smith said.

The victim was ejected from his car, which was totaled, Smith said.

The wreck happened in the southbound lanes. Smith said traffic was not stopped.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, who was going around 60 mph at the time of the wreck, was not charged and was deemed to not be at fault, Smith said. He also would not release his name.

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