(09/18/2006)
By Drew Moody
drew@wvmountainsun.com

Not long after the start of a charity 4-Wheel Poker Run Saturday morning in Stouts Mills, a serious accident involving a husband and wife sent them both to the Ruby Memorial Hospital trauma center.

Witnesses said the couple were on separate 4-wheelers and neither were wearing helmets.

The woman was thrown from her ATV onto the paved roadway. She is thought to have sustained serious head trauma and reportedly was unconscious in the road.

The woman is in critical condition, a nursing supervisor at Ruby Memorial said about 10 p.m. Sunday. The man is in stable condition.

The Mountain Sun will release the victims names as soon as information can be confirmed by the West Virginia State Police.

The man may have suffered back injuries. He was apparently conscious and alert at the scene.

An official at the scene, but not involved with the investigation, said one 4-wheeler got rear-ended. The couple's 4-wheelers sustained significant damage. One had a broken axle, witnesses said.

The wreck occurred about two miles from Route 5 on Sliding Road, around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The collision occurred at apparently a relatively slow rate of speed, perhaps 10 to 15 miles per hour, according to witnesses.

The accident apparently involved three ATVs, although no information is available at this time on the third rider or how they were involved in the crash.

Stouts Mills is about seven miles east of Glenville on Route 5.

Both victims were transported to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and then sent on to Morgantown.

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