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Three remain hospitalized after I-81 crash

August 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three people who were injured after the Ford Explorer in which they were riding rolled and went airborne Sunday morning on Interstate 81 remained hospitalized Monday, officials said.

According to witness accounts, another vehicle might have swerved in front of the 2001 Ford Explorer near the Falling Waters, W.Va., exit, West Virginia State Police said.

It is unclear if that occurred, Sgt. David Boober said Monday.

The driver of the Explorer, Deborah Riviello, 55, of Bessemer City, N.C., cannot remember if someone swerved in front of her, Boober said.

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

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Nievas was in fair condition at the hospital Monday and Deborah Riviello was in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Riviello's husband, Ron Riviello, 58, a passenger in the Explorer, was taken to Washington County Hospital and was in serious condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact state police at 304-267-0001.

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