The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

August 8, 2013

Three people killed in Nicholas car crash

Three traffic accidents within two days on West Virginia roads have left seven people dead and 13 others injured.

Tuesday afternoon, three people were killed in a car accident on U.S. 19 near Mount Lookout in Nicholas County, according to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department.

Donnie Greene, 58, of Rolling Acres in Cowen, was traveling south when he veered off the right side of the roadway and struck the rear end of a 1996 Kenworth that was parked on the side of the road because of mechanical problems.

He, along with passenger Sherry Greene, 41, also of Rolling Acres, died at the scene.

A second passenger, Jonathan Bibb, 18, also of Rolling Acres, was transported to Charleston where he later died of his injuries.

A 4-month-old baby boy was also in the vehicle and was transported to Summersville Regional Medical Center.

No updates were available Wednesday about the condition of the child.

Sgt. B.J. Holdren is investigating the incident and Sgt. P.D. Kutcher is assisting.

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Early Wednesday three people returning to Elkins from a funeral in Maryland died when their car crossed the center line and collided with an Asplundh Tree Expert Co. pickup truck.

The accident occurred around 5 a.m. on U.S. 219 south of Thomas, West Virginia State Police Sgt. Christopher Siler said.

Two victims were children, an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. A 20-year-old man also was killed, Siler said.

A 29-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl were injured and were taken to a hospital in Morgantown, where they were in critical condition. Three people in the truck were not injured, he said.

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Also early Wednesday, a Clay County High School student was killed and 10 people were injured when a pickup truck crashed on W.Va. 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 that speed was a factor.

— Register-Herald reporter Wendy Holdren and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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