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Tragic Head-on Collision in Terra Alta, WV

An Aurora woman was killed in a head-on collision on Veterans Memorial Highway in Terra Alta on Thursday, August 14, 2014. State Police say the thirty-four year old woman was driving west on Route 7 in a curve east of Delano's Furniture and west of Hopemont Hospital at about 2:30 p.m. Her vehicle was struck head-on by a truck that had veered left-of-center and crashed into her car causing the fatal collision. A twenty-six year old in the truck was flown to Ruby Memorial with non-life threatening injuries. 

W.Va. Rte 7 was closed for about three and a half hours.  The emergency call-out stated that there were injuries, entrapment, and heavy damage caused by this collision.  According to a press release from State Police, charges are pending against the truck's driver.

Head on collisions occur from a variety of reasons including DUI, distracted driving, inclement weather, health conditions, falling asleep at the wheel, and traveling the wrong way on a one-way lane or approach, texting while driving, brake failure, tire blowout, dangerous road conditions, and speeding.  The exact cause of this crash remains under investigation.

Whatever the cause, the result is often tragic and ends in great loss for individuals and families. Since we first heard of this collision yesterday, truly our hearts and prayers are with the family members and friends who are grieving now.

As a family who has experienced loss of life from an automobile collision, we understand the need for compassion and responsiveness in these cases. We routinely represent families of victims of deadly accidents and fatal crashes caused by other people's negligence, misconduct or illegal actions, at the same time understanding that no individual case is routine and involves not only individuals, but entire families who are directly affected by the tragedy.

Questions? Receive the answers you need today: 304-594-1800 or after hours 304-216-6695.

Source: The Dominion Post, "Aurora Woman Killed in Head-on Crash," Michelle Wolford, August 15, 2014.

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