MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Sudden, heavy rain is being blamed for the Saturday afternoon car wreck on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County that claimed the life of one person and injured two others.

Officials said the driver of a car, heading south on I-81, lost control of the vehicle in a downpour. The car then went through the highway’s median and struck another vehicle heading north near Exit 12.

I-81 north was closed for hours on Saturday afternoon because of the wreck.  It reopened around 6 p.m.

The names of the victims were not immediately available.

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  • Leslie McLaughlin

    The fatality in this accident was my cousin, Emily Weadon. Her husband, Andy Weadon was life flighted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. I am trying to determine if he has survived his injuries. Is there any news of his condition? I'm in San Diego and don't know the children's names to get in touch with her family. Her mother, who is very elderly, did not know Andy's condition.

  • Michael

    It would likely be the only instance of that in his career, including off-duty hours. I've watched far more cops with a phone to their head run red lights and drive past obvious drunks or drug deals than I can count here in WV and over in the Shenandoah Valley. I've watched them drive AROUND a drunk, weaving through a parking lot with his keys in his hand, here in Petersburg, WV. Probably didn't see that guy because the officer was concentrating so hard on ignoring the full-blown party with glass pipes, liquor and beer bottles going on in the same lot. There are some great LEOs, but they don't even constitute 25% of the force. As with the rest of the world, mediocrity rules, according to my brother-in-law, a VA LEO.

  • Shadow

    Somehow, when I read the story, I couldn't find the word "Trucker". Would you critics please indicate what line and how many words over?

  • StarInWV

    All you need is ONE bad trucker, and it can be a disaster for everyone involved EXCEPT for the trucker. If you ever drive I-81, count the number of tractor trailers that will drive in the left hand lane...where they are NOT supposed to be. The number will astonish you...that includes the 'professional' ones! They can do that because there's no active enforcement on the WV autobahn.

  • Pauline

    I was on 81 at the time this occurred. Had I not stopped in Winchester for gas I could have been involved in this. What amazed me during this torrential down pour was the number of cars AND pick up trucks (not tractor trailers) that went flying past me at such a high rate of speed that it made it difficult for me to see because of water being splashed from these vehicles. Not to mention the number of cars with NO headlights on! People need to use some common sense when it comes to driving in these storms

  • Voter

    Hey now lay off of the truckers. Most of their trucks are governed and only go 68 top speed. Some are bad, but most are professional.

  • Roger

    Both accidents caused by simply driving too fast for road conditions, pure and simple.

  • hampshireer fan

    dumbliberal, I hope if someone is kicking the door to your house in and you call 911, the responding officer obeys all traffic laws getting there. lol

  • Jonus Grumby

    Actually, it was a "she" and not a "he". And the investigation has not been completed.

  • Dumb Liberals

    I find it very interesting that there's been no mention of the Berkeley Co deputy's accident from Friday night-Saturday morning's where while driving "lights and siren" , he lost control of his cruiser, crossed the center line and struck another vehicle. The deputy had to be transported to a medical facility, but the interesting part - he wasn't charged for "Failure to Maintain Control" and/or "To Fast for Existing Conditions", both of which he failed to do. They (LE) blamed it on road conditions.

  • northforkfisher

    My wife came through the area about 4pm and said the traffic was backed up for 5 to 7 miles. Thank god she was heading south and not north.

  • StarInWV

    Don't kid yourself Metro...I'm willing to speculate that the 70 MPH limit might have had something to do with it. Those truckers will go 80 and not slow down no matter what the weather conditions.