Police say that a Bramwell, West Virginia man who was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his car after being convicted of driving under the influence was driving drunk New Years' Day when he was involved in a head-on collision in Bluefield, West Virginia. Ignition interlock devices act as a form of breath testing machine that is hooked up to the ignition of a car.
Car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. Cars traveling in the same direction may bump into each other, causing one or more drivers to lose control. Intersection accidents can involve distracted driving, or other events. A sudden swerve can lead to a wreck on a West Virginia road.
The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of two women in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Labor that alleges that mine safety investigators were negligent in enforcement of mine safety standards at the Aracoma Alma No. 1 Mine in Logan County. A fire broke out at the mine January 19, 2006. As workers sought to escape from the fire, workers ran into thick black smoke that cut off the primary escape route.
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.
An employee of an independent drilling contractor was killed in an industrial accident near the Loveridge Preparation Plant in Fairview, West Virginia earlier this month. Authorities say that the worker was using a core drilling rig as a part of an exploratory project on Marcellas shale gas deposits when the rig rolled over. The geophysical seismic testing project involved drilling a series of 30-foot deep holes, which facilitated seismic testing through the use of explosive charges in the holes.
Investigators continue to look into what happened Tuesday when a Jan-Care Ambulance Services vehicle collided with a flat bed semi truck Tuesday morning on Interstate 79. The collision occurred near Weston, West Virginia. A 26-year-old EMT who was riding as a passenger in the ambulance suffered severe injuries and dies at Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston. A spokesperson for the ambulance company says that a paramedic on board also suffered personal injuries in the ambulance and truck accident. The paramedic reportedly was treated for injuries and later released from the hospital.
New research shows that men are two times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident than women. A researcher with the West Virginia University School of Public Health an Injury Control Research Center spearheaded the study. Researchers looked at data recorded in the United States 2008 and 2009. Worldwide, more than 1.2 million people are killed in traffic accidents and in the United States 12 percent of all traffic fatalities involve a pedestrian.
The man who was accused of drunk driving in a fatal accident at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Berkeley Station Road has been sentenced in a criminal case arising from the wreck. The sentencing was earlier this month. The man had originally been charged with felony drunk driving causing death and failure to yield for his alleged role in the head-on collision.
Four cars were involved in a collision last week on Route 50 in Ritchie County, West Virginia. State Police dispatched an accident reconstructionist to investigate the multi-vehicle wreck. One man was killed in the accident, which occurred last Monday in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50 at the intersection with West Virginia 74.
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.