Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 23, 2014

Two transported from SUV and camper trailer rollover wreck on I-77

BLUEFIELD — Two women were transported to a local hospital Sunday afternoon from a single-vehicle rollover wreck at the 1 mile marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 77. The northbound lanes were partially closed for about an hour as emergency responders worked to assist the four occupants of the vehicle and clear the debris field.

“They were headed to Wyoming and had everything they owned in the world in that camper,” Chief David Thompson of the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department said. “The two females who were transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center did not appear to be too seriously injured.”

Thompson said that both the sport utility vehicle as well as the trailer that it was pulling rolled during the wreck.

“They had everything they owned in there,” Thompson said. “They were heading to Wyoming.”

“Based on what a witness told me, the top of the camper broke free and caused both the vehicle and the camper to roll,” Deputy W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said. “They had just left Roanoke, Va., and were heading to Cheyenne, Wyo.”

Rose remained at the scene while the two uninjured gentlemen — the husband of the injured driver and the boy friend of the injured passengers — sorted through their belongings.

“I’m going to give them a ride back to the hospital to help them out a little,” Rose said.

The Virginia State Police closed the northbound side of the East River Mountain Tunnel dedicated to the memory of H. Edward Steele, but emergency responders on the scene were able to open part of a lane so traffic that was backed up behind the crash could move on the berm of the road beside the median strip.

The wreck was initially reported at about 1:30 p.m.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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