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ONE FLOWN TO RUBY AFTER GILMER COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT

GLENVILLE, WV —One person was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital after an ATV accident in Gilmer County.

Gilmer County 911 said emergency crews were dispatched to Leading Creek just after 6 PM Sunday.

Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

WV Native John Nash and Wife Killed in Crash

MONROE, NJ – West Virginia native and Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia were killed Saturday in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

John Nash was 86 and Alicia Nash was 82. The couple, who had been married for nearly 60 years, lived in Princeton Junction, NJ. Nash, who was born in Bluefield, WV, in 1926, was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994. He struggled with paranoid schizophrenia, a central theme of the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe as Nash.

Crowe said he was “stunned” to hear the news. “My heart goes out to John and Alicia and family,” he said. “An amazing partnership, beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”

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Alicia Nash cared for her husband while he battled mental illness and they both became advocates for treatment.

According to his biography, Nash’s mother, Margaret Virginia Martin, was born in Bluefield, studied at WVU and became a school teacher. His father, John Nash, Sr., was an electrical engineer who moved to Bluefield to work for Appalachian Electric Power Company.

The younger Nash attended public schools in Bluefield before starting his college studies at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.

Nash described Bluefield during his youth as “a center of businessmen, lawyers, etc. that owed its existence to the railroad and the rich nearby coal fields of West Virginia and western Virginia. So, from an intellectual viewpoint, it offered the sort of challenge that one had to learn from the world’s knowledge rather than from the knowledge of the immediate community.”

His Nobel Prize was for a paper he wrote on the mathematics of decision-making. Nash spent his professional academic career at Princeton and MIT where he was a leader in the study of mathematics.

At the time of his death Nash was still on the faculty at Princeton as a senior research mathematician.

Multiple media outlets reported the two were thrown from a taxi when the vehicle crashed into a guard rail.

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LOGGER KILLED WHILE CUTTING TREE DOWN IN LEWIS COUNTY

JANE LEW, WV — Authorities are investigating a logging accident that killed a worker in Lewis County.

Police tell media outlets that 24-year-old Jacob McClain of French Creek in Upshur County was killed on Tuesday while cutting down a tree.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department says the tree fell into another tree, causing it to fall on top of McClain.

McClain was an employee of Big Run Timber Company.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

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INWOOD MAN IN CRITICIAL CONDITION AFTER FALL IN OCEAN CITY

OCEAN CITY, MD — A West Virginia man is in critical condition after falling from a third story balcony Thursday night.

Police say that Inwood native Patrick Thomas, 23, fell from a hotel balcony in the area of 25th Street and Baltimore Avenue. He was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. He was later brought by helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore by Maryland State Police.

Police found that Thomas fell 21 feet to the ground off the balcony after reaching over the railing. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

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CATTLE ROAM FREE AFTER TRUCK CRASHES ON I-64 IN WV

HUNTINGTON, WV - Authorities say some cattle were killed and others roamed free along Interstate 64 in West Virginia after a tractor-trailer overturned.

City of Huntington spokesman Bryan Chambers Says the interstate remained shut down in both directions Saturday afternoon following the 8:30 AM accident. The westbound truck was carrying 96 head of cattle when it overturned in the median of the interstate.

Huntington police say the driver was not injured, but some cattle were killed or seriously injured. Some got out of the truck and traffic was diverted off the interstate.

Chambers says the state Department of Agriculture put up a temporary pen for the cattle near the crash site until another truck arrived to transport them.

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JACKSON COUNTY WRECK CLAIMS LIFE

RIPLEY, WV — A driver died in a single vehicle accident Friday morning in Jackson County. State police said the accident happened at just after 7 o’clock on WV Highway 33.

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The victim lost control of the car traveling east between Shatto Road and Gay Road near Ripley. The vehicle slammed into a roadside embankment. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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HUNTINGTON BOY HIT BY CAR WHILE PLAYING WITH FRIENDS

HUNTINGTON, WV — A boy was hospitalized Wednesday evening after being hit by a car playing with friends near 3rd Avenue in the Guyandotte area.

Police say the boy and his friends were pretending to run in front of cars, but the boy actually did so and was hit.

The driver of the car was not cited. The boy’s injuries were not considered serious, but he was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

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LEWIS COUNTY MAN DEAD

WESTON, WV—A Lewis County man is dead following a violent wreck on WV Hwy 33 Monday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 PM near the county line.
49-year-old Jerry Loudin, of Walkersville, was the man killed.

Investigators said Loudin was driving a truck and rear-ended a car.

The crash smashed the car and the impact caused his truck to flip on its top and then slide nearly 300 feet.

They believe speed may have been a factor.
A woman driving the car was taken to the hospital. No word on her injuries.
Troopers are asking anyone who may have seen the wreck to please call them at 304.269.0500.

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THREE EVACUATED AFTER ATTIC CATCHES FIRE

HUNTINGTON, WV – The three residents of an upstairs apartment in a multi-family house were evacuated Tuesday morning after an attic fire caused the residence to fill with smoke.

Firefighters from the city of Huntington responded to the call at 88 Washington Ave. around 9:15 AM.

The three residents of the upstairs apartment stood shaken on the sidewalk, with one woman clutching a long-haired Chihuahua and restraining a miniature Doberman pincher on a leash.

“We have three cats in there, too,” Shelly Grant, who lives in the apartment with her daughter, Heather Henson, and mother, Beverly Michael, said. “We think two of them may not have made it out.”

Grant said her mother heard a loud, hard crash in the attic. When she went to investigate the source of the crash, one of the cats ran from the attic. moments later she smelled smoke and called 911.

Michael, who is on several medications and gets dialysis three times a week, was taken to a local hospital by Cabell County EMS as a precaution. Grant said her mother’s medication was still in the apartment.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene.


OVERTURNED LOGGING TRUCK CRUSHES, KILLS MOTORCYCLIST

BELVA, WV — A logging truck overturned and crushed a man to death on his motorcycle outside of a Fayette County gas station.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports 62-year-old Philip Jenkins was killed Monday morning in Belva. Fayette County sheriff’s deputies say Jenkins and 38-year-old truck driver Gregory Harper were traveling north on State Route 16/39 when Jenkins trying to turn left into the gas station. Harper then apparently tried to swerve right to avoid Jenkins, but lost control and overturned.

Sheriff Steve Kessler says it doesn’t appear drugs or alcohol were factors in connection with the accident. The sheriff’s office will do an investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

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TWO KILLED IN SEPARATE I-79 CRASHES

MORGANTOWN, WV — Two people were killed in fatal crashes on Interstate 79 Saturday and Sunday.

Darius Rogers, 49, of Keyser, WV was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday morning when his tractor trailer crashed just south of Waynesburg, PA.

Authorities say Rogers was driving a dual-trailer rig when it slammed into the southbound guardrail and plummeted over an embankment.

The rig traveled about 150 down the hill. The southbound lanes were shutdown for about seven hours while crews worked the scene. An investigation into the crash continues.

Sunday, a man was killed in a head-on collision near Star City in Monongalia County.

Sheriff’s officials say a vehicle was headed south when the woman driving the sedan crossed the median and struck a northbound car.

The man who was driving north was pronounced dead at the scene. A third vehicle was involved in the crash but was able to be driven from the scene.

The name of the man killed in the accident has not yet been released.


CRASH ON I-64

NITRO, WV — The west-bound lanes of Interstate 64 re-opened about an hour after two accidents Monday morning.

The original call was for a crash involving two vehicles near the on-ramp of the interchange. When a Nitro police officer responded, another vehicle apparently hydroplaned and struck the officer’s parked cruiser.

Authorities said no one was hurt.


MULTIPLE BUILDINGS DESTROYED IN MONTGOMERY FIRE

MONTGOMERY, WV — Two buildings were destroyed and a third sustained major damage during a Sunday night fire at an apartment complex.

Several fire crews from Fayette and Kanawha counties coordinated on the scene, with large ladder trucks used to battle the flames and pluck a few tenants from higher floors.

There were no injuries reported, and all residents were believed accounted for, according to local law agencies.

As of 11 PM, more than three hours after the fire began, the Montgomery fire chief told WSAZ-TV two buildings had been destroyed and firefighters were trying to save a third building.

Appalachian Power turned off service in the immediate area of the blaze, which occurred on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Lee Street.


FIRE CLAIMS LIFE IN NICHOLAS COUNTY

TIOGA, WV — The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a deadly fire that took place in Nicholas County Saturday.

The blaze ripped through a house in Tioga. One person was killed and two others injured.

The Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department and other crews were on the scene.


MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN CRASH

BELVA, WV — A Nicholas County man died when a log truck rolled over onto his motorcycle Monday morning, Fayette County sheriff’s deputies said.

The crash happened along WV Highway 39 near Belva just before 9 AM.

The victim, identified as Phillip Jenkins, 62, of Richwood, was pronounced dead at the scene. The log truck driver, 38-year-old Gregory Harper of Summersville, was not injured in the accident.

Investigators said the two were traveling northbound when Jenkins attempted to turn left into the parking lot of Brown’s Service Center, a local gas station. Harper allegedly swerved to the right to avoid Jenkins, lost control of the truck, and overturned.

Sheriff Steve Kessler said the cause of the accident has not yet been determined and that drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the case.

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FIRE DESTROYS HOME

BARBOURSVILLE, WV - A house fire broke out around 9:30 AM Sunday morning, May 10, on the 6600 block of Mud River Road in Barboursville, WV.

Barboursville, Ona, Ohio River Road, Milton, and Culloden fire departments arrived on scene to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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HEAD ON COLLISION

Marion County, WV—Just before 10 PM Friday night, deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene of a two vehicle collision in Marion County.

The accident happened on Paw Paw Road in Rivesville.

Marion County 911 said that two passengers were transported to the hospital. One person was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital via Healthnet, and the other person went by ground transportation to United Hospital Center.

Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County EMS, Baxter Fire Department, and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded.


HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE

Barbour County, WV— Sometime before midnight on Chestnut Ridge Road in Barbour County, firefighters responded to a structure fire.
911 officials say that the structure, which is a house, is considered a total loss.
Belington, Philippi, and Junior Fire Departments and Barbour County EMS all responded.
There is no word on the condition of anyone inside the home at the time of the fire.


ATV ACCIDENT

Taylor County, WV— One man was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital, Saturday morning, after an ATV accident in Taylor County.
Crews were called out to Clelland Drive, off of Lynn Chapel Road, just before 8:30 AM.
Officials said the man is in his thirties and that he somehow crashed the ATV around 6:00 PM on Friday. Because he spent so many hours in the woods, HealthNet was called in.
He suffered head trauma, but is expected to be okay.

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TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO THE HOSPITAL



FAIRMONT, WV
—One person had to be taken to the hospital after an accident in Fairmont Friday afternoon.
According to officials on scene a tractor trailer sideswiped a car just after 12:30 on Middletown road.
The driver of the car was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a possible head injury. Emergency responders told 5 News that her injuries are not life threatening and that she was out the car and conscious at the time of the accident.
The tractor trailer driver was not injured.
Traffic was backed up for a short time after the accident while crews worked to clear the scene.
The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Officials with the Marion County Rescue Squad, Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department, and Whitehall Police Department all responded to the scene of this accident.


I-79 WAS CLOSED NORTH OF MORGANTOWN AFTER FIERY TRUCK CRASH

STAR CITY, WV — Police were beginning to reconstruct an accident scene Friday that closed all four lanes of Interstate 79 north of Morgantown for three hours.

A tanker hauling 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel rolled over and burst into flames at just before 2 PM.

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Police opened one northbound and one southbound lane by 5 PM after the fire was extinguished.

One person was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Police had a difficult time getting close to the fire initially because of the hazardous situation.

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SUV CRASH KILLS ONE, SEVERELY INJURES TWO

CABELL COUNTY, WV – A rollover crash in the Ona area killed the driver and seriously injured two others Wednesday night.

The driver of an SUV heading north on Barkers Ridge Road lost control of the vehicle and veered off the roadway. The car flipped three times before crashing into a home.

Five people were inside the SUV. Three were ejected from the car—the driver, a male passenger and a 3-year-old.

The driver died at the scene and the other four were hospitalized, two in critical condition.

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BODY IDENTIFIED AS A KANAWHA COUNTY NATIVE

ST. ALBANS, WV – A body recovered in Gallia County, Ohio, earlier this week has been identified as a missing Kanawha County woman.

Dental records confirmed Tuesday the identification of 33-year-old St. Albans resident Frances Wartenburg, who had been missing since February 22. She left a cousin’s birthday party that day in Jefferson, WV, and reportedly went to her boyfriend’s home, where she left her cell phone and clothing.

She was reported missing March 04.

Wartenburg’s family said she suffered from a bipolar disorder.

Family members staged a bake sale last month in an attempt to raise money for flyers and perhaps a private investigator.

Police were still investigating the case late Tuesday with no cause of death yet announced.


FAIRMONT MAN KILLED ON THE JOB

MORGANTOWN, WV – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a man killed on the job this week in Monongalia County.

Douglas Peterman, 34, was electrocuted Monday while working in a bucket truck along Cold Spring Road. Peterman apparently came in contact with low hanging power lines. He was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Peterman worked for West Side Telecommunications. The incident happened Monday morning.


MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

MANNINGTON, WV—One person was rushed to Ruby Memorial Hospital by the Marion County Rescue Squad after a motorcycle wrecked on Husky Highway near the Pine Grove Bridge in Mannington around 7:30 PM Tuesday evening.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of the investigation and is still on scene.
Barrackville Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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POLICE INVESTIGATING IF BODY FOUND IN RIVER IS MISSING WOMAN

CHARLESTON, WV - Authorities are investigating whether a body found along the Ohio River in Gallia County could be a missing West Virginia woman.

Multiple media outlets report a woman’s body was pulled from the river in Ohio Saturday. Police are investigating if it is 33-year-old Frances Wartenburg, who has been missing since February 22 after leaving a birthday party in Jefferson, West Virginia. Family says it took them days to realize the woman was missing and details of her disappearance are hazy. She may have traveled home to St. Albans in western West Virginia.

Investigators are waiting to confirm the identity of the body through dental records. Deputies say the body was severely decomposed, so the woman had probably been in the water for some time.


SOUTH CHARLESTON MAN KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV — A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car in the 4400 block of MacCorkle Avenue on Monday night.

The man was unresponsive when first responders arrived, Metro 911 dispatchers said.

The driver of the car told WSAZ-TV that the man ran into the street and was wearing dark clothes.

The westbound lanes in the area were closed and traffic was being directed through the turn lane.

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SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON I-79 IN BRAXTON COUNTY KILLS 1, SENDS 7 TO HOSPITAL

BRAXTON COUNTY, WV—A single-vehicle accident along I-79 in Braxton County Thursday morning killed one girl and sent seven other people to the hospital.

A GMC Envoy was travelling south near mile marker 47 with eight people in the vehicle when it entered the median and rolled approximately four times, according to Sergeant Yost of the West Virginia State Police Sutton Detachment.

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One female juvenile was killed in the accident, Yost said.

The driver of the vehicle was taken by Braxton County EMS to the helicopter pad at Braxton Memorial Hospital, where she was then met by Healthnet and taken to the Charleston Area Medical Center. A male passenger was also flown by Healthnet to CAMC a couple hours after the female driver.

The other five passengers were taken by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

All of the people in the vehicle were from Paris, Kentucky.

Sergeant Yost is the investigating officer for the accident. State Police, Braxton County EMS, and the Franktown and Servia Fire Departments responded.


TWO INJURED IN PARKERSBURG CRASH

PARKERSBURG, WV—Two people were sent to the hospital after one of them ran a red light.

The two car crash happened at 4:00 PM Wednesday at the intersection of Third and Ann Streets.

Parkersburg Police say 19-year-old Tony Pierce failed to stop at the light on Ann Street when he ran into a Buick on Third Street.

Police say Pierce and his passenger were transported to Camden Clark Medical Center.

Hospital officials say they’ve since been released.

Peirce is cited with failure to stop at a red light and for not having insurance.

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ONE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON I-79

BRIDGEPORT, WV —A one-vehicle accident on I-79 near mile marker 122 sent one woman to UHC Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 1:45 PM on Wednesday, a woman driving a Toyota Camry went off the road and rolled the car onto its top about a mile south of the rest area in the northbound lanes, according to Bridgeport Police.

The woman was transported to UHC with non-life threatening injuries, said police.


CAR CATCHES FIRE

CLARKSBURG, WV—Shortly after Noon Wednesday, a woman was driving her Chevy Impala to Nicholson’s Auto in Clarksburg when she claims it caught fire.

She was taking the vehicle for the purpose of scrapping.

The Clarksburg Fire Department and the Clarksburg Police responded to the scene.

The vehicle is a total loss.

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FATAL HARRISON COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

ENTERPRISE, WV – The victim of a fatal motorcycle accident in Harrison County has been identified.

Marcus Allen Rose, 22, of Shinnston, was on Landing Way Road near Enterprise Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his bike, went into a creek and died at the scene due to the head injuries he sustained.

According to State Police, initial investigation indicates speed played a factor.


BUILDING DAMAGED IN BERKELEY SPRINGS FIRE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV — A building in downtown Berkeley Springs sustained major damage in an early morning fire Monday.

Flames and smoke filled the building at 33 Fairfax Street. The website, morgancountyusa.org, reported the building houses three businesses including Portals, Awakenings Health Center and Himalayan Handicrafts. There were also apartments upstairs where it appears the fire began.

Fire crews from West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania were on the scene.

The fire began at around 4 AM Monday. There were no injuries reported.


FIRE DESTROYS DODDRIDGE COUNTY HOME

WEST UNION, WV —Fire destroyed a home off of Big Battle Road in Doddridge County just after 4:00 PM Sunday.
No one was home at the time, and there are no reported injuries.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE IN CLAY COUNTY

CLAY, WV — A man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Clay County on Friday night.

Sheriff’s deputies said James Woodrum died when the motorcycle he was driving went off Route 4 near Clay and slammed into a utility pole.

The accident happened at around 8 PM.


WOMAN DEAD AFTER HARRISON COUNTY ACCIDENT

sardis, wv - One woman is dead after a single vehicle accident in Harrison County.

Deputies said it happened on Gains Hollow Road in Sardis, just after 3:30 AM Sunday.

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