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2 Killed, 1 injured in US 219 crash in Greenbrier County

Law enforcement says that three people were ejected from a car in a single-vehicle accident in Greenbrier County, West Virginia Saturday. Two people were killed, while the driver of the car sustained critical injuries and was taken to Charleston, West Virginia hospital for treatment. Police believe that the car involved in the fatal accident had been involved in a street race with another car. A witness told authorities that the second car left the area after the car accident.

An investigator with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department says that the accident occurred along U.S. 219 near Organ Cave, West Virginia around 2:00 Saturday afternoon. A 29-year-old man from Union, West Virginia lost control of the Nissan Maxima he was driving.

The car left the pavement and struck a tree, but continued traveling. The car slammed into a second tree with enough force to crack the Nissan into two pieces. The front end of the Maxima rambled on for another 90 yards before running out of momentum.

All three occupants of the Nissan were ejected after the car struck the second tree and split in half. The driver suffered critical injuries as previously discussed. A 30-year-old resident of Ronceverte, West Virginia was pronounced dead at the scene. A 36-year-old passenger from Union, West Virginia was airlifted to Charlottesville, Virginia where he was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the car accident.

The fatal accident remains under investigation.

Source: The Register-Herald, "Car wreck kills 2, critically injures 1," Sarah Plummer, Nov. 26, 2012

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