A worker was killed in an accident at a CONSOL mine in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle, which has prompted an investigation from the state's office of Miner's Health, Safety, and Training. The worker suffered a head injury in the accident that occurred just before 1 pm on October 4th. The injured miner was taken to the hospital, but died en route.
In a sad story coming out of Barboursville, an elderly couple visiting West Virginia died after they were hit by a vehicle at around 8:15 pm. The accident occurred on U.S. 60, near the exit by the shopping mall. The pair was walking by the highway when they were fatally struck by a mini-van. According to a witness, a nurse came to the scene of the accident to help treat the man and the woman, but both had already passed away. The couple had been staying at the Best Western motel and had asked an employee of the motel for recommendations of where to eat dinner before the fatal accident happened. The manager of the motel reported that the couple was visiting the United States from Great Britain. Authorities are still investigating to determine what caused the accident, but at this point they do not believe charges will be filed against the driver.
Every year in Charleston, teenagers experience the newly found freedom that a driver's license can offer. Many young drivers obey all traffic laws, determined to keep themselves, their passengers, and other drivers on the road safe. But if an inexperienced driver is reckless or negligent, an accident might happen. The consequences of such an accident can last a lifetime, especially if the victim suffers a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury.
Some decisions lead to consequences that can last a lifetime. Sometimes these decisions lead to consequences that can end a life. Every time a drunk driver chooses to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she puts the lives of others at risk. A drunk driving accident can cause needless pain and suffering for innocent bystanders as well as heartache for the families and loved ones of those who do not survive the crash.
People in Charleston love the freedom that comes from riding a motorcycle, but sometimes a ride can end in tragedy due to the dangerous driving of others on the road. In one recent tragedy, a Virginia man was killed in an accident after a driver of a truck crashed into his motorcycle. According to the Virginia State Police, the driver in the truck was allegedly speeding down an interstate when he struck and killed the motorcyclist.
Lots of Charleston drivers do everything they can to stay safe in their cars and trucks. Many wear their seatbelts and drive vehicles with airbags to help prevent injury. They minimize distractions while they are behind the wheel, so they can keep their eyes on the road. But the reality is no amount of diligence can entirely eliminate the risk of getting into a car accident. For those drivers transporting babies and children, the thought of being involved in a crash with their little ones in tow can be frightening. This is why officials urge all parents and grandparents to make sure their children are properly secured in car seats every time they drive with their precious cargo.
One of the most complicated injuries that a person can experience is brain trauma. The reason for this is that unlike other injuries, which respond to the same treatments, a brain injury does not because different parts of the brain can elicit different symptoms. This makes it difficult because the brain damage that a person experiences could be temporary or permanent and often, no two brain injuries are alike.
Motorcycles are extremely popular in Charleston and it is common to see these two-wheeled machines cruising along quiet neighborhoods or along the Kanawha River. However, when a distracted driver, or another motorcycle rider, fails to see a motorcycle, a collision can occur. Due to the fact that a biker has little protection, aside from the clothing or helmet that he or she is wearing, injuries can include broken bones, head injuries, or even damage to the spinal cord, resulting in permanent paralysis.