Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 5, 2014

Car slides into parked tractor-trailer in Va., 3 killed

BRISTOL, Va. — Virginia State Police say three people are dead after a car slid into a tractor-trailer parked along Interstate 81 in Washington County.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the southbound tractor-trailer’s driver pulled the rig off onto the shoulder after it had a flat tire.

Geller says a southbound car ran off the interstate’s left side and its driver overcorrected. The car then slid sideways and hit the tractor-trailer’s rear.

The car’s driver, 19-year-old Abenezer D. Thewdros of Arlington, and two passengers were killed. Geller identified the passengers as 19-year-old Abel N. Ayele of Arlington and 25-year-old Alemu S. Ameha of Alexandria.

Another passenger, 19-year-old Arketsadik Yilma of Alexandria, was hospitalized with suffered serious injuries.

Geller says the tractor-trailer’s driver and a passenger weren’t injured.

The accident occurred Tuesday evening.

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