On May 9, it was reported that a two-vehicle accident that occurred on a West Virginia road resulted in the deaths of two people. The crash took place at about 12:30 p.m. on W.Va. 152 at German Ridge Road.
According to authorities, a vehicle that was traveling in the northbound lane crossed the center line into the southbound lane. It collided with an SUV. The collision caused both vehicles to catch fire. They came to a stop against a hillside with both facing south. The female driver of the SUV was able to leave her vehicle unassisted though she did suffer injuries. Emergency rescue crews had to resort to the Jaws of Life to get into the vehicle that caused the accident, but both occupants died. Police have not released the names or information of those who were involved.
Authorities closed down the two-lane stretch of road for several hours while an investigation was underway. The roadway reopened at about 3:30 p.m. the same day. This crash occurred just one week after another head-on accident was reported, in which two individuals were also killed.
Car accidents can occur when drivers are operating vehicles under the influence, when they are distracted or when they have not had enough sleep. If the other driver was found to be liable following an investigation, a person who was injured in the crash may be entitled to seek compensation for the injuries suffered. An injured person can still seek compensation even if the at-fault driver did not survive the accident. A personal injury attorney may assist with the insurance claims or with litigation against the estate of the deceased driver who caused the accident.
Source: Herald-Dispatch, “Two die in crash at W.Va. 152 and German Ridge Road“, Bishop Nash, May 9, 2017