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Three-car accident on Route 33 in Upshur County claims Marion County woman

A Marion County, West Virginia woman was killed Thursday night in a three-car wreck in Upshur County. Buckhannon Police say that a 22-year-old Carolina, West Virginia woman suffered severe personal injuries in the accident along Corridor H and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The fatal crash was reported around 7:38 Thursday evening on Route 33. Police believe that the young woman was leaving WBUC Road and attempting to cross Route 33. Authorities say that the young woman's Oldsmobile was first struck on the driver's side of her car by an eastbound Mercury Marquis. The woman's Oldsmobile continued forward where it was struck by a Ford Ranger that had been traveling west on Route 33.

A young boy was riding as a passenger in the young woman's Oldsmobile. Authorities say that the 8-year-old boy was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon. The extent and nature of the child's injuries have not been publicly reported.

A man from Weston, West Virginia had been driving the Mercury, which authorities believe was the first car to strike the Oldsmobile as the woman crossed Route 33. The Weston man was hospitalized in Buckhannon with minor injuries, according to police. It is not clear if the driver of the Ranger was injured.

Authorities continue to investigate the fatal Upshur County wreck. Law enforcement does not believe that weather played a role in the crash.

Few details about the crash have been reported, other that the relative locations of each of the three vehicles involved in the wreck. Some accidents ultimately involve driver error, while others may involve other causes that are revealed after details are developed more fully, and potentially independent investigations are completed.

Source: The Inter-Mountain, "Woman dies in Upshur car accident," Melissa Toothman, Feb. 2, 2013

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