MARTINSBURG – Interstate 81 mile marker 12 has proven to be a dangerous stretch of road in Berkeley County as a three car accident blocked the roads on Friday morning, just days after a similar accident at the same location resulted in a local man his injuries were flown.
According to a Berkeley County dispatch supervisor, the first call was made around 2:30 p.m. Friday, where it was reported that three vehicles were in an accident at mile 12 on I-81.
The dispatch manager said the Berkeley County sheriff’s office is the responding law enforcement agency and handling the incident.
Medic Unit 97 also responded to the scene, the overseer said.
At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sheriff Nathan Harmon said two people had been medically transported due to injuries they sustained during the incident. Harmon confirmed at 4:30 p.m. that the streets had been cleared.
According to Harmon, the accident occurred as a result of one of the vehicles involved escaping from law enforcement agencies.
Harmon said the original vehicle was run over due to speeding and defective equipment, but instead of pulling up as signaled by officials, the driver tried to escape and get off the freeway at exit 12.
Harmon said the driver then changed his mind, returned to the freeway, and left a Toyota Highlander in the right lane of the southbound lanes. Harmon said this resulted in the driver being pursued by law enforcement turning into the left lane, which is where the driver also left a utility vehicle before finally coming to a stop.
Harmon said the investigation is ongoing and additional details will be provided as they arise.
Friday’s accident came just days after an accident on Wednesday in which a tow truck driver was flown to a hospital in Virginia for medical care. This is based on information confirmed by the driver’s family through social media sites.
According to a Berkeley County dispatch supervisor, the call was made at about 6:26 p.m. Wednesday due to a vehicle accident on the south-facing lanes of I-81 at the 12.5 mile mark.
The journal will be updated with further details of the accident on Wednesday as they are made available by investigators.