Two MHS hoops players injured in crash
Robinson, Law in stable condition after I-68 rollover

JUSTIN JACKSON is a sports reporter for The Dominion Post. He can be reached at The Dominion Post reporter Eric Bowen contributed to this report.
    Two Morgantown High boys’ basketball players were listed in stable condition following a car accident early Sunday morning.
    Senior forward Marlan Robinson and junior forward Elliott Law are in Ruby Memorial Hospital after the Ford Explorer that Robinson was driving ran off the road on Interstate 68, near the Pierpont Road, Exit No. 7.
    Both players were thrown from the vehicle, according to West Virginia State Police Trooper T.W. Morris, who filed the accident report.
    “I’m not sure what their condition is at the moment,” MHS boys’ basketball coach Tom Yester said. “The good news is neither one is in any lifethreatening danger. That’s the most important thing right now.”
    Robinson is a returning all-state player from last season and is the leading scorer for the No. 3-ranked Mohigans at 20.2 points per game this season.
Law has started every game this season for MHS (9-1) and averages 5.5 points.
Yester said both players were conscious and talking when he visited them at the hospital.
“From what I understand, Elliott may not be in the hospital too long,” Yester said. “Other than that, we’ll wait and see what happens.”
According to Morris, Robinson and Law were driving west on I-68 when Robinson apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
    The vehicle veered toward the median, then Robinson overcorrected and steered back onto the westbound lanes, Morris said. To avoid the outside guard rail, Robinson turned back toward the center, causing two tires to blow out and flip the vehicle.
    The truck rolled about four times before coming to a rest in the median.
    Both teens were ejected from the vehicle, Morris said. Robinson was trapped underneath and Law was thrown about 20 feet away.
    State Police and the Morgantown Fire Department responded to the call at 2:39 a.m.
    Firefighters used inflatable air bags to lift the vehicle off of Robinson. He was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital by a Health Net helicopter. Law was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
    Yester added there was no timetable for the players’ return.
    “Basketball is just the fun thing they get to play. It’s not what’s important right now,” he said.
    The Mohigans’ are scheduled to play two games this week, Wednesday night at home against Buckhannon-Upshur and then a showdown with crosstown rival University High on Friday, at the UHS gymnasium.

Marlan Robinson

Bob Gay/The Dominion Post photos Elliott Law