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W.Va, woman dies in crash

November 03, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - A woman was killed in Jefferson County, W.Va., Thursday morning after the vehicle she was driving toward Kearneysville on W.Va. 480 was struck by a pickup truck traveling the opposite direction, authorities said.

The truck driver was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tom Hansen.

Hansen was not able to identify either motorist but said the woman was a Jefferson County resident. He did not release her age.

The truck driver lost control of the vehicle when it crested a hill between Van Clevesville Road and Kearneysville and traveled left of the center line and struck the car driven by the woman just before 7 a.m., Hansen said.

Jefferson County Medical Examiner Carole Spessert said she pronounced the woman dead at the scene about 7:30 a.m. Spessert said the victim would be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of West Virginia in Charleston, W.Va., for an autopsy.

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Volunteer firefighters dispatched from Shepherdstown, W.Va., to the accident scene were assisted by units from Ranson, W.Va., and Baker Heights in Berkeley County, according to Ed Smith, operations manager for Jefferson County Ambulance Authority.

West Virginia Division of Highways officials were asked to assist with diverting traffic because of the accident, Smith said.

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