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I-77 Accidents Injure 3 in West Virginia (WV)

According to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, two separate motor vehicle accidents in Mineral Wells sent three victims to area hospitals for medical treatment on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

The accidents occurred on I-77, slowing traffic for over an hour. The first accident was a single-vehicle motorcycle crash that happened at approximately 3:10 p.m. that afternoon near the West Virginia (WV) 47 exit. According to a dispatcher with the Wood County 911 Center, the crash occurred in a construction zone, and the motorcycle driver was sent to the hospital. The name and condition of that driver were unavailable at press time. The road was closed for 30 minutes as the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department and Wood County Sheriff's Office responded.

Within an hour, another accident, this time involving two vehicles, closed one lane of both the southbound and northbound lanes of I-77 near the Mineral Wells exit. According to Deputy Mike Deem with the Wood County Sheriff's Office, the second accident occurred during heavy and slow-moving traffic caused by the first accident. The second accident involved  a northbound Honda Odyssey driven by a Parkersburg resident and a northbound Chevy S10 pickup truck. The police state that the Odyssey hit the Chevy from behind. The Odyssey driver and truck's passenger were taken to the hospital. An investigation is currently underway.

Slowing down to look at WV traffic accidents -- rubbernecking -- is discouraged because of these exact types of accidents.

For an example of the results of such crashes take a look at this car and truck accident pileup.

If you were involved in a West Virginia auto accident due to rubbernecking, contact one of our experienced accident attorneys for a free consultation about your potential personal injury case.


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