West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Injured in Accident Involving Tractor-Trailer Rig

Bob Henry Baber, Mountain Party candidate for governor of West Virginia, was injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer rig recently.  Baber’s two young children, Cody and Jackie, were also injured though none of the family members suffered life-threatening injuries.

The accident took place as Baber was driving north on interstate 79 enroute to the Pittsburgh International Airport, according to a news release from his campaign.  Baber was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital following the September 15th accident.  According to the news release issued by Baber’s campaign, a tractor-trailer rig entered Baber’s lane illegally and struck his car forcefully enough to pin Baber’s car to the guard rail.  The truck driver did not stop following the accident, but was apprehended later by law enforcement on I-68.  Scott Lunsford, a 44-year-old Clarksville, GA man and driver of the truck, was charged with failure to maintain control.

Baber’s children Cody, 21 and Jackie, 19, were with Baber and were on their way to catch a flight to Utah where Baber’s eldest daughter was getting married. The family was traveling in their Jeep SUV when the accident occurred.  The truck involved in the crash belonged to Pavco Trucking Company of Maine.

State Police Trooper First Class J.G. Baker stated that Baber called in the hit-and-run accident from his cell phone, giving authorities the truck’s license plate number; he then followed the driver as police issued an alert.

Accidents involving 18 wheelers or tractor-trailer rigs often result in serious or fatal injuries; fortunately in this case injuries to the Baber family were only minor.  In this instance, the family may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the rig that caused the accident

Elizabeth Tuomey is an experienced Arlington Virginia personal injury lawyer dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have suffered injuries in accidents involving tractor-trailer rigs and other big commercial trucks.  Contact the Tuomey Law Firm today for a free evaluation of your case.

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