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Police say drugs and alcohol might be factors in South Charleston, WV crash

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV -

UPDATE:

The eastbound lanes of MacCorkle Avenue in the Spring Hill area of South Charleston have fully reopened following a single vehicle accident Monday morning.

It happened at the BP gas station just after 5 a.m.

Police said drugs and alcohol might have played a role in the crash.  They said this is also a speed prone area.

"People who are already breaking the speed limit in Jefferson, when they hit our city limits and it changes to 40, then they are doing that much more over the speed limit, said patrolman Travis Bailes, South Charleston Police Department.

George Atik has owned the gas station for 10 years.  He hopes his insurance will cover the cost of the sign the woman crashed into.

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The slow eastbound lane of MacCorkle Avenue in the Spring Hill area of South Charleston is shut down until further notice following a single vehicle accident.

South Charleston police said a woman lost control of her jeep just after 5 a.m. and smashed into a sign in the BP gas station parking lot.

The sign sustained significant damage and is in danger of toppling over, police said.  Police are waiting for the sign to be fixed before the slow lane is reopened.

Police said the driver and passenger might have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash.  They said speed might also be a factor.

Both women were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  The driver is facing DUI related charges pending her release from the hospital, police said.