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Five taken to hospitals after 3-vehicle crash on I-81 in W.Va

December 10, 2010

SPRING MILLS, W.Va. — Five people were taken to hospitals Thursday night after a three-vehicle accident that closed Interstate 81 in both directions for about two hours, West Virginia State Police said in a news release.

The accident was reported at 8:39 p.m. on I-81 near the 20.8-mile marker, according to police and a Berkeley County Emergency Services dispatcher.

Police determined that a black Chrysler Sebring driven by Christopher Riker, 28, of Brigantine, N.J., was being driven northbound on I-81 when a tractor-trailer entered his lane of travel.

The Sebring then crossed the median strip and entered the southbound lanes, where it was struck on the passenger side by a silver BMW 530I operated by George Miesegaes, 36, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., police said.

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The BMW, which was occupied by Miesegaes and his two sons, ages 5 and 10, came to rest in the southbound lanes, police said.

The Sebring then struck a southbound tractor-trailer driven by Raymond Jarrell, 42, of Whitacre, Va., before coming to rest in the southbound lanes, police said.

The tractor-trailer driven by Jarrell crossed the median and the northbound travel lanes before striking an embankment, police said.

Miesegaes, his sons and Jarrell were transported by Martinsburg Emergency Medical Personnel to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., for treatment, police said.

Riker was transported by Berkeley County Emergency Medical Personnel to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown for treatment, the release said.

I-81 remained closed until 10:46 p.m., police said.

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