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Woman 'stable' after I-81 crash

February 25, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 21-year-old Reston, Va., woman was in stable condition Wednesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after the vehicle she was driving on Interstate 81 collided head-on with a tractor-trailer Tuesday, according to the investigating West Virginia State Police trooper.

Katherine DeMoss received a broken leg and facial injuries when the Honda sedan she was driving south crossed the median of the highway and struck the northbound truck near interstate Exit 5 for Inwood and Gerrardstown, W.Va., according to State Police Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh.

The truck driver, Arlan Ferguson, 46, of Cedar Edge, Colo., was not injured and the dog food he was hauling in the trailer was not spilled when it overturned, Eshbaugh said. Both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lanes after the truck pushed the car back across the median, Eshbaugh said.

The accident in southern Berkeley County caused substantial traffic congestion for nearly five hours, according to police and emergency officials.

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Eshbaugh said he had not cited anyone in the accident, but noted the crash remains under investigation.

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