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Va. teen killed in I-81 crash

April 30, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Winchester, Va., girl was killed Sunday morning in a crash on Interstate 81, when she apparently lost control of a 2005 Kia Spectra near the Tablers Station Road exit, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Investigators did not expect to release the girl's name Sunday.

Witnesses to the crash said the vehicle was traveling north on the interstate about 7 a.m., Deputy C.B Rouse said.

It appears the girl lost control of the car as she was trying to exit the interstate at the Tablers Station Road interchange, Rouse said in a news release.

The car began sliding sideways and went into the grass median, then re-entered the interstate and began to roll, coming to rest on its top in the northbound lanes, Rouse said.

The girl, who was the only person in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Northbound lanes of the interstate were closed while rescue crews worked at the scene, Chief Deputy Kenny Lemaster said.

It is not clear what caused the girl to lose control of the car, and an investigation was continuing, police said.

The crash was at least the fifth fatal accident on roads in Berkeley and Jefferson counties since March 30.

The other accidents occurred on U.S. 11 in Pikeside, Sulphur Springs Road near Inwood, W.Va., Mission Road in Jefferson County, and W.Va. 51 near Pocono Drive near Inwood, police said.

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