Martinsburg woman killed in accident

January 09, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg woman died Saturday after the Chevy Cavalier she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on southbound Interstate 81, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

Kimberly Bail, 53, of 100 Talbott Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police news release.

The accident on southbound I-81 near the 15.6-mile marker was reported at 9:13 a.m. Saturday, according to Berkeley County Emergency Services.

A tractor-trailer was driving south on I-81 when a blue Chevy Cavalier tried to merge onto I-81 south at the 16-mile marker, police said. The driver lost control, and the car spun into the roadway and into the path of the tractor-trailer.

Police said the car slid under the tractor-trailer and was dragged about 200 yards south of the exit 16 southbound on-ramp.

The driver and passenger had to be extricated from the wreckage, police said.

The passenger was treated at City Hospital and released, police said.

Exit 16 has exits for W.Va. 9 west, Hedgesville Road, and east to Edwin Miller Boulevard to Martinsburg.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt, police said. The tractor-trailer was owned by MGM Transport Corp. of High Point, N.C.

Bedington Fire and Rescue and the Martinsburg Fire Department also responded to the accident.

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