The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 1, 2014

Two airlifted after crash in Fayette County

Two drivers were airlifted to Charleston for possible internal injuries after a Tuesday crash in Fayette County, according to a press release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers got a call around 11:30 a.m. about an accident near Shirley’s Market in Scarbro.

When deputies got to the scene, they found a Chevrolet Silverado that had run over several street signs and crossed the parking lot of the market before it hit a parked Chevrolet Impala, stopping when it hit the foundation of Shirley’s Tanning Salon.

The driver of the truck was Christopher Plummer, 36, of Cool Ridge. The truck was owned by Cole Auto Parts of Bluefield. The car’s driver was Vanessa McGinnis, 45, of Scarbro.

Both drivers were conscious and alert, but they were taken from the crash by EMS before being airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.

“The impact of this crash was quite severe,” Sheriff Steve Kessler said in the press release. “EMS personnel were concerned about possible internal injuries for both drivers. They were transferred to the trauma center as a precaution.

Deputies stayed on-scene for about two hours, taking photos and measurements and interviewing witnesses. Both vehicles were seriously damaged as was the foundation of Shirley’s Tanning Salon.

“The reason for this crash has not yet been determined,“ Kessler said in the press release. “The preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed may have been a factor in this collision. There does not appear to be any indication that this crash was drug or alcohol related.”

The crash is still being investigated by Sheriff’s Deputies C.M. Fitzwater and T.C. Weiss.

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