The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 2, 2013

Three killed in crash east of Mossy

A single-car wreck on W.Va. 612 just east of Mossy resulted in three fatalities Saturday night.

Emergency responders received a call around 10:30 p.m. reporting an overturned vehicle in the roadway and multiple injured people. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department found a Chevrolet Silverado extended-cab pickup truck overturned in the roadway with an individual pinned underneath the vehicle, along with two other individuals who had also been ejected from the vehicle lying in the roadway. All three were declared dead at the scene.

The victims of the crash included Robert Dean Manning, 54, of Scarbro, and Edward “Eddy” Miller, age unknown, also of Scarbro, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department. The identity of the third victim, a 52-year-old female from the local area, is yet to be released awaiting notification of her next of kin. All three victims were transported to Blue Ridge Funeral Home to await examination by an investigator from the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

W.Va. 612 was closed for nearly three hours while Oak Hill Fire Department rescue workers worked to extricate the pinned victim from underneath the truck.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that this vehicle was traveling east on W.Va. 612 when it ran off the right edge of the roadway,” said Fayetteville Sheriff Steve Kessler. “When the vehicle re-entered the roadway, it began sliding, then overturned and began rolling.”

Investigators have not been able to determine which individual was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, but the truck was registered to Manning.

Kessler said alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be contributing factors to the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who may have any information about the accident is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 304-574-4216 or the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590.

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