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A possible medical condition may have been a contributing factor in a four-vehicle pile-up that sent seven people to Bluefield Regional Medical Center at noon on Saturday.
The driver of a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck apparently suffered a medical condition while traveling west on College Avenue in front of the Hometown Shell Service Station, According to Officer T.W. Carroll of the Bluefield, Va., Police Department.
“After he passed Hometown Shell, he accelerated and ran into the rear of a Hummer that was making a turn into Stadium Drive,” Carroll said. The impact of the collision sent the 2008 Hummer into a 2010 Toyota Carolla that was traveling south on Stadium Drive coming into the intersection with College, according to Carroll.
“The Hummer hit the Toyota and it did a nose dive,” Carroll continued. “The impact pushed the Hummer on top of the Toyota and both vehicles went into the grass area near the new Bluefield College Dome.”
Carroll said that the Hummer was swung around, rolled off the Toyota and struck a fourth car — a 2004 Dodge Neon.
Carroll said the driver of the pickup truck is from Rocky Gap, Va. Both he and another adult passenger in the pickup were transported to BRMC. Both adult occupants in the Toyota were also transported to BRMC as were both juvenile occupants of the Hummer. Carroll said that all four were from the Bluefield, Va., and W.Va., area. The driver of the Neon was an adult from McDowell County. The Neon driver was also transported to BRMC.
Carroll said that none of the injuries appeared to be severe, but he said that the pickup driver was still undergoing tests. “Everyone involved was wearing safety belts, and I think that was a factor in the severity of the injuries,” Carroll said.
The rescue squads of Bluefield and Bluefield, Va., responded to transport the victims and first responders with the Bluefield, Va., Volunteer Fire Department responded. Carroll said that all four vehicles were likely totaled.
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