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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
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  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

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    Friday, August 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:54:05 GMT
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
  • Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:58:48 GMT
    Alpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 minersAlpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 miners
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
RALEIGH COUNTY -

The New York Times recently reported that on average, per year, nationwide 730 deadly motor vehicle accidents involve a sleepy driver. And an additional 30,000 nonfatal accidents involve a drowsy driver as well.

59 News talked with those who literally live out on the roads to find out what they see every day.

"Pay attention and keep your eyes moving. It keeps you alert," advises New Jersey truck driver Janice Folb.

Another truck driver explains the reason behind some tired drivers having to be behind the wheel.

"The problem is what most companies do is they make them drive more than they should by threatening them to lose his job. Say he's got a delivery that's hours away. He only has 8 hours on his logbook. The company will actually tell him to go drive it," said driver Mark Marcich.

State Police gave 59 News insight into the worst times of the day for drowsy drivers.

'If it's early morning hours or late in the evening. It's typical if one is getting off work and feeling a bit tired," said Lieutenant D.A. Gunnoe.

Gunnoe gives advice on what to do if you're yawning and your eyes are getting heavy.

"Find a rest area. Find a wide spot where you're way off the road, where there's no dangers of a car hitting you. Take a 15 minute nap if you have to. Get out and stretch your legs. Get the blood flowing."