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Four hurt in two-car accident on U.S. 340

September 22, 2007

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Four people were injured in a two-car crash Thursday night on U.S. 340, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Two people in a red Hyundai were flown by helicopter to Fairfax (Va.) Inova Hospital following the 9:06 p.m. crash, said Cpl. Vincent Tiong. The woman driving the car was in critical condition, he said, and the male passenger was less seriously injured.

The two people in a white Nissan passenger car were admitted to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, he said.

Witnesses told deputies that the Nissan was traveling erratically at high speed when it struck the rear of the Hyundai, which had just pulled onto U.S. 340 from Halltown Road, Tiong said. The Hyundai then struck a tree and overturned, trapping one of the occupants in the wreckage, he said.

Both cars were traveling west when the crash occurred, Tiong said.

Tiong said the occupants of the Nissan, a husband and wife, were under investigation and that alcohol was involved in the crash. Their names had not been released and no charges had been filed as of Friday night, he said.

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Tiong said it had not been determined who was driving the Nissan.

The names of the two people injured in the crash had also not been released because of difficulty in contacting relatives, he said.

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