A driver who walked away from his car may be facing criminal charges after a car accident in Wetzel County, West Virginia Sunday evening. The driver and passenger riding in a second vehicle suffered serious personal injuries that may be linked to the first car accident. Law enforcement says that the driver who was involved in the first crash lost control of the car, which slammed into a telephone pole along Mannington-Pricetown Road around 6:30 Sunday evening.
The car was forced off the road and dropped down over a steep embankment after crashing into the telephone pole. Authorities say that the driver simply walked away. But the accident reportedly knocked the telephone pole over, leaving the pole blocking the road. A second driver reportedly slammed into the telephone pole.
Like the first crash, the second car went of the road and down the embankment. The two people in the second car were not able to simply walk way. Each was trapped inside the crumpled vehicle.
Emergency responders from the Wallace Fire Department had to extricate the two accident victims from the wreckage. A helicopter was dispatched to the area, and the two injured car accident victims were flown to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia with undisclosed injuries. Authorities say that the injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Wetzel County Sheriff's officials reportedly picked up the driver involved in the initial car accident. Authorities say that beer cans were found inside his car at the accident scene. Officials say that several charges are pending.
It is not clear from the media how long after the first car struck the pole it was that the second car crashed into the pole. The story shows how one car accident can lead to another. In many cases, an initial crash may cause secondary crashes as traffic slows down, creating a traffic jam. However, authorities reportedly believe that the initial wreck caused the telephone pole to block the road, at least contributing to the second tragic crash.
Source: WBOY, "2 Vehicle Accident in Wetzel County Reported," Katie Anderson, Jan. 21, 2013