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Lynchburg Student Killed In Tractor-Trailer Accident On I-79

Posted on Jul 19, 2011
A graduate student at Liberty University was killed in a collision with an 18-wheeler truck this week while driving on Interstate 79 in West Virginia. The fatal car accident took place on July 4, 2011.

According to local news sources, 25-year-old Kristin Leigh Short was driving on I-79 near Elkins, West Virginia, when she lost control of her car, drove over the median, and was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer. West Virginia State Police do not know why the woman lost control of her car and are continuing to investigate the details of the crash. More information will become available as authorities analyze the evidence from the accident as well as the results of an autopsy. The driver of the commercial truck was not seriously injured in the wreck.

Lanes of I-79 were closed for some time after the big rig accident as emergency responders analyzed the accident and cleared the wreckage.

Short was in the process of earning a Master’s degree in counseling and worked as a child counselor. She was active in her Lynchburg church and was planning an evangelical mission to Thailand later this year to fight human trafficking. Her parents now ask that friends and family send donations to that effort.