|By Bob Weaver|
Two women were seriously injured Saturday afternoon when their vehicles collided
on State Route 16 between Minnora and Orma. Both women were life-flighted in
separate HealthNet choppers from the Upper West Fork Park to Charleston Area
Medical Center after the 3:25 p.m. accident.
Officials at the scene tentatively identified the injured as Naomi Ruth Dawson of Arnoldsburg
and Brenda Billingsley of Stumptown. Both appeared to be suffering serious trauma.
Dawson was lodged on the floor board underneath her steering column, and had to be
extracted by the Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Department.
Kenneth and Ernestine Keaton heard the crash from their front porch and went to the
wreck with a fire extinguisher when they saw smoke. "Flames were coming from the
Billingsley car, and we knocked it down, calling 911 on a portable phone," said Mrs.
Billingsley was removed from her vehicle by passersby and given emergency treatment by
Calhoun EMS and fire department members. Both were transported by ambulances to
the Upper West Fork Park, where medical personnel worked to stabilize them as the
Trooper Doug Starcher of the West Virginia State Police is investigating.
Cars impact on Route 16
Auto bursts into flame
Victims transported for air-lift
EMS assisting victim
Two choppers evacuate injured
Dawson air-lifted to Charleston Area Medical Center