In late March, we discussed a truck accident on Corridor G that claimed the life of one and injured two. West Virginia officials not only opened an investigation of the crash itself, but also opened an inquiry into whether concrete barriers would increase safety in the area. As we reported, officials say that state statistics do not indicate that the area is particularly accident prone. It is not clear from news reports what standard makes a road accident prone.
Statistics may reveal information about road safety. Unfortunately, some stretches of road in any state or community may seem to experience a string of car accidents. A recent tragedy highlights how members of a community may remember far too many fatal accidents on a stretch of road.
The sound of a car striking a church near Charleston, West Virginia rang out early Thursday morning. A person who lives next to the church told WSAZ News that his first thought after hearing the noise was that another car accident had occurred. He says that he has witnessed three fatal accidents along that stretch of Greenbrier Street in recent years.
The man looked out the window and reportedly saw the car had crashed into the church. He called 911 around 3:15 Thursday morning to report the accident. His wife reportedly rushed out to attend to the woman who had been ejected from her vehicle in the wreck. The couple believes that the woman was still alive when the 911 call was placed. However, emergency crews pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
Law enforcement says that it appears the 33-year-old accident victim ran off the road while heading north on Greenbrier Street. Her car slammed into a church. It is not clear what may have caused the accident victim to lose control of her vehicle. Law enforcement says that drugs and alcohol were not involved in the fatal wreck.
Source: WSAZ, "UPDATE: Neighbors Say Area Where Woman Dies is Site of Previous Fatal Accidents," April 4, 2013