Posted On: February 1, 2011 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Pennsylvania Residents Suffer Death, Injury in I-79 Accident

A Pennsylvania man lost his life and a woman suffered critical injuries recently when their minivan collided with another van on I-79 near Clarksburg, West Virginia, according to a recent article in the Charleston, West Virginia Gazette.

The Oil City, Pennsylvania couple were driving south on I-79 when their van swerved suddenly, crossing the median and driving into the northbound lane. A pickup truck traveling north hit the van on its passenger side, pushing it into an embankment on the side of the road, according to the West Virginia State Police.

State police and other rescue workers were unable to save the husband, who died at the scene. His wife was taken to the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where she is being treated for critical injuries. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries. Police have decided he was not responsible for the accident.

The state police are still investigating the accident. They are unsure what happened, but speculated that the man, who was driving, suffered a heart attack or stroke. The minivan was also carrying heavy cargo items like golf clubs, which may have shifted, causing the van to swerve. The state police force’s accident reconstruction team continues to work on the accident.

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life on America’s roads and highways. Distractions, defective car parts or repairs, or drivers who are not paying careful attention to the road can all result in severe injury or fatal motor vehicle accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano LLP can help you make sense of your legal rights and seek the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers today at 1-888-684-7192 for a free and confidential consultation.