Three people were killed and two others were critically injured in a two-vehicle accident that happened early Wednesday morning on U.S. 219 in Tucker County.
The deadly crash occurred just after 5 a.m. south of Thomas.
Sgt. Chris Siler of the Parsons detachment of West Virginia State Police said Joshua Lee Watson, 20, of Elkins, a 7-year-old male and an 8-year-old female, all from Elkins, were killed when the gold 1995 Honda Accord in which they were traveling went left of center for unknown reasons and was struck by a 2006 F-550 truck.
The driver of the truck – Michael J. Pugh, 44, of Parsons – emerged from the accident uninjured as did two other passengers riding in his vehicle at the time of the collision.
However, Watson and the 8-year-old female were ejected from the vehicle and the 7-year-old male was killed despite the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, according to a WVSP press release issued Wednesday afternoon.
Two other passengers in the Accord – 29-year-old April Miller and a 6-year-old female, both of Elkins – were taken by medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and were listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
“According to witnesses, Watson’s vehicle looked as if it was pulling off the roadway edge off the northbound lane when (Watson’s) vehicle abruptly turned back across the northbound lane in front of the truck driven by Pugh,” the state police press release said.
Siler said the accident remains under investigation.
Watson, Miller and the three children were returning from a funeral in Maryland, according to the Associated Press, which reports that traffic accidents within two days on West Virginia roads have left seven people dead and 13 others injured.
In addition to the Tucker County accident, also Wednesday, a Clay County High School student was killed and 10 people were injured when a pickup truck crashed on W.Va. Route 36 near Wallback. State police identified the student as 17-year-old Kara Conley.
The other victims, whose ages range from 14 to 20, suffered non-life-threatening to serious injuries and were taken to hospitals in Charleston.
State police told media outlets that the driver, 18-year-old Isaac Murphy, lost control of the pickup. State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said speed was a factor.
On Tuesday, three people were killed and an infant was injured in Nicholas County when a car ran off U.S. 19 and rear-ended another vehicle that was parked on the edge of the road because of mechanical problems, the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department said.
The sheriff’s department identified the victims as Donnie Ray Greene, 58, of Cowen, Sherry Greene, 41, of Cowen, and Jonathan Bibb, 18, of Cowen. Donnie Greene, who was driving the car, and Sherry Greene died at the scene. Bibb died later at a Charleston hospital.
A 4-month-old boy who was a passenger in the car was injured and taken to a hospital in Summersville.
The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at Mount Lookout.