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Couple avoids serious injuries in motorcycle crash

July 21, 2009

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- A Rhode Island couple avoided serious injuries Tuesday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 81 in northern Berkeley County, police said.

Bernard and Gale Mansuetti of Wakefield, R.I., were returning home from a KOA campground in Lexington, Va., when Bernard Mansuetti lost control of the BMW he was operating between the highway's 23rd and 24th mile markers, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Ron Gardner.

"Protective clothing saved them," Gardner said.

Gale Mansuetti, 50, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of wrist and ankle injuries, Gardner said.

Her husband was not injured after he lost control while attempting to change lanes where road construction crews had removed pavement from one of the lanes, Gardner said.

The accident was reported at 12:38 p.m., and the northbound lanes of I-81 were closed for 30 to 40 minutes, Gardner said.

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No one was cited in the accident, Gardner said.

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