Three hurt when vehicle rolls on I-81

August 07, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Two people riding in a 2001 Ford Explorer on Interstate 81 Sunday morning had to be cut from the vehicle after it rolled several times on the interstate and went airborne, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said.

It appears another vehicle swerved in front of the northbound Explorer at about 11:46 a.m. at the Falling Waters exit, Sgt. David Boober said.

The Explorer, being driven by Lisa Riviello, 55, of Bessemer City, N.C., went off the left side of the interstate then returned to the highway and rolled several times on the pavement, Boober said.

The Explorer then went airborne and went off the right side of the interstate, Boober said.

Riviello and a front-seat passenger, Alexy Nievas, 16, of Ledyard, Conn., had to be cut from the Explorer, Boober said. They were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., Boober said.


Nievas was in serious condition at the hospital Sunday afternoon, but there was no information for Lisa Riviello, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Riviello's husband, Ron Riviello, 58, another passenger in the Explorer, was taken to Washington County Hospital, Boober said. He was in serious condition Sunday night, a hospital spokesman said.

Boober said the injuries to the three people did not appear to be life-threatening.

Northbound and southbound traffic on the interstate was stopped while rescue crews worked at the scene and prepared for the arrival of a helicopter, Boober said.

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