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West Virginia residents lose lives in out-of-state crash

Authorities say that an investigation is underway following a fatal accident on Sept. 18 that claimed the lives of two people from West Virginia. According to media sources, the deadly collision took place in the neighboring state of Ohio at approximately 8:55 p.m. with personnel from the Washington County sheriff's office and Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department responding to the scene.

Preliminary reports indicate that the 68-year-woman and 67-year-old man were killed in Washington County when the driver of the SUV in which they were passengers failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 50 and Federal Road. Reports filed by the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol indicate that the Ford Explorer was traveling northbound when it was struck by a Dodge pickup.

The driver of the truck, a 19-year-old Scottown man, was treated and released at the scene. The 59-year-old driver of the SUV was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington where her condition remains unknown as of press time. Her passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

When lives are lost in car crashes on county roadways, negligent driving might be to blame. The surviving family members of a person who is killed in such an accident often face severe financial hardships in addition to their grief, especially if the decedent was the breadwinner. People in this position may want to meet with an attorney to discuss the advisability of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist.

Source: The News Center, "2 People Killed in Route 50 Crash Are Identified," Sept. 19, 2016

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