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May 1, 2013

Head-on accident sends two to hospital

Both drivers had to be extricated; Interstate 79 is shut down for about an hour

FAIRMONT — Two drivers were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital after a head-on collision on Interstate 79 shortly before noon Tuesday ...  just one of many incidents that kept first-responders busy in Marion County.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s deputies, the accident occurred near mile marker 132 in the northbound lane.

“A reckless driver was going southbound in the northbound lane and turned into an accident,” said Deputy David Forsyth of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

That driver, in a red vehicle, struck a silver vehicle going northbound. The red car then flipped over onto its top.

“Both victims were trapped and had to be extricated.

“Victim number one (from the red vehicle) was taken to Ruby via HealthNet. Victim number two was taken to Ruby by ambulance,” he said.

There were no passengers in either car.

The interstate was shut down for about an hour, he added.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, he said. No further details ... names, injuries, make of vehicles, type or extent of damages, or pending charges ... were released.

First-responders were kept busy Tuesday with numerous vehicle-related incidents, several taking place within a mile or two and a few hours of each other on the interstate.


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