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Morgan Co. man killed in accident

November 16, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Morgan County, W.Va., man was killed Tuesday afternoon when his pickup truck crossed the center line of W.Va. 9, went over an embankment and hit a tree, according to police.

Jack Murray, 69, who lived on River Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:30 p.m. accident, said West Virginia State Police Trooper Z.L. Nine.

A passenger in Murray's 2002 Ford Ranger was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. The condition of the passenger, Pearl Arnold, 66, who lived with Murray, could not be obtained Tuesday night.


Nine said Arnold had abrasions and might have had internal injuries. He said she had been listed in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Nobody appeared to witness the accident and police do not know what caused Murray to lose control of his truck. There were no skid marks on the road, he said.

Murray had some medical conditions, including diabetes, but whether that played a part in the wreck is unknown, Nine said.

Both Murray and Arnold were wearing their seat belts and air bags in the truck deployed. Firefighters had to cut both people out of the wreckage, Nine said.

Nine said the accident happened in Morgan County near the Carriage House, a small store. The stretch of road where the wreck happened has a slight grade but is not known to be a problem site, he said.

Along with State Police, officers with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department and volunteers with the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

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