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. Keaton.

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 choppers arrived.

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

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