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Two people injured in Morgan County head-on collision

July 26, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Rescue personnel work Monday afternoon at the scene of a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer close to the U.S. 522 bridge near Brosius West Lane in Morgan County, W.Va.
By Dan Dearth, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. --Two people were seriously injured when the Nissan Frontier pickup truck in which they were riding collided head-on with a tractor-trailer hauling timber Monday afternoon on U.S. 522 in Morgan County, officials said.

The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m., less than a half-mile from the U.S. 522 bridge near Brosius West Lane in northern Morgan County.

Hal Gamble and his wife, Suzie, were heading south on U.S. 522 when Hal Gamble drove across the center line and into the path of a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Matt Price, Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh said.

"We don't know why," said Shambaugh, adding that the Gambles are part-time Morgan County residents.

Rescue workers spent about 30 minutes freeing Hal Gamble from the pickup, Shambaugh said. Hal Gamble was conscious and alert, but had severe injuries, Shambaugh said. He said Suzie Gamble was able to get out of the vehicle, but she also suffered serious injuries.

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Shambaugh said both of the Gambles are in their 60s.

Morgan County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Barney said the Gambles were flown separately by helicopter to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. He said he would interview the Gambles once they were stabilized.

The Gambles were in serious condition but were stable Tuesday morning at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Price was uninjured, Barney said.

Both vehicles sustained major front-end damage.

The road was closed for about two hours while a crew worked to clean up fluids spilled from the pickup and other debris from the collision.

Traffic was backed up in both directions on U.S. 522, which was reopened at about 3:30 p.m.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. and Hancock Rescue Squad responded to the crash.

Staff writer Trish Rudder contributed to this story.

Editor's note: This story was edited at 3:30 p.m. July 26 to correct an initial report from Maryland State Police that indicated that this was a fatal accident.

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