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Va. woman killed in Morgan Co. accident

June 05, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. -- A Virginia Beach, Va., woman was killed and two other women were seriously injured Thursday in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on U.S. 522 in Morgan County, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

Elizabeth Ann DuBois, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened about 1 p.m., less than a mile from the Potomac River bridge on Brosius Hill, Morgan County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Tony G. Link said.

Gloria Riga, 61, also of Virginia Beach was being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after first being taken to Washington County Hospital, Link said.

Patricia Shifflett, 62, of Hancock, was in critical condition Friday night at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Shifflett was northbound on U.S. 522 in a Chevrolet Lumina when the vehicle struck DuBois' Nissan Altima in the southbound lane after veering across the highway during rainy weather conditions, Link said.

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All three women were wearing seat belts, Link said.

Riga and DuBois had just left Riga's daughter's house in Slippery Rock, Pa., and were traveling to Virginia, Link said. Riga was driving DuBois' vehicle, he said.

Link said he did not know Shifflett's destination, and said he had been unable to talk to Shifflett about the accident because she had been in surgery for several hours.

The accident in the 4500 block of what also is known as Hancock Road happened in a relatively straight section of the highway and the location was not a common spot for accidents, Link said.

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