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Five perish en route to Charleston high school sporting event

During this time of year, the weather conditions in West Virginia can make the roads much more dangerous than usual. Snow, ice and rain can result in slippery driving surfaces, which means that drivers need to be especially careful to avoid car accidents.

Some motor vehicle accidents are so disturbing that even seasoned law enforcement officers have difficulty describing them. Such was the case for a recent accident in West Virginia that claimed five lives. The accident occurred on Interstate 77 in Jackson County. According to police, an SUV traveling northbound went through a median and into the opposite lanes of traffic. The SUV then crashed into a truck.

Only the truck driver and one of the passengers in the SUV survived the horrific crash. One state trooper explained that he had difficulties keeping his emotions in check while at the scene of the accident. He also noted that rainy weather conditions and the curve in the road may have contributed to the accident.

At least two of the victims were Charleston residents. The group in the SUV was traveling to see a high school sporting event between South Charleston and Capital High School. In this case, the median cables in the middle of the roadway failed to stop the SUV. According to a state trooper there were likely several factors, including weather, which contributed to the cables' failure to stop the vehicle.

Following terrible tragedies like this one, an accident investigation is key to understanding exactly what happened. People involved in the accident can use official reports, as well as witness accounts, to pursue any party that might have liability for the accident.

Bad weather is common in West Virginia during the winter months. Although the weather can make driving more treacherous, drivers need to adjust accordingly. Weather is not an excuse for negligent driving; those who are victims of bad-weather accidents may wish to consult with an attorney regarding their legal options after a crash.

Source: MetroNews, "Trooper describes crash that killed 5 on I-77," Jeff Jenkins, Dec. 8, 2014

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