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Two Eastern Panhandle residents dead following crash on W.Va. 9

Several others flown to Va. hospital after head-on collision

August 17, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

RANSON, W.Va. — Two Eastern Panhandle residents died and several others were flown to a Virginia hospital following a three-vehicle accident Tuesday night on W.Va. 9 in Ranson, Police Chief William Roper said.

One of the vehicles had been traveling west in the eastbound lane at the time of the crash, Roper said.

Patricia Harris, 58, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene, Roper said.

Ruben Gutierrez-Villegas, 35, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died after he was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

Roper said Harpers Ferry resident Laura Ferguson, 32, and two children, ages 6 months and 3 years, also were flown to Fairfax.

Ferguson was not listed as a patient Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said. The condition of the children injured in the crash could not be determined.

Gutierrez-Villegas was driving a 1992 Honda Civic west in the eastbound lane at about 9:40 p.m. near the Fairfax Crossing shopping center when he collided head-on with an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet Blazer that was being driven by Ferguson, Roper said. Harris and the 6-month-old and 3-year-old children were passengers in Ferguson's vehicle.

A 1998 Acura that was traveling behind the Blazer swerved to avoid the accident and collided with the Civic, Roper said.

The driver of the Acura, Terry Williams, 31, of Harpers Ferry, and his passenger, Khirsten Gray, 31, of Astoria, N.Y., were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Roper said.

Three medevac helicopters and numerous emergency personnel responded to the accident, Roper said.

A police officer who specializes in reconstructing accidents was investigating, Roper said. 

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