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UPDATE: Names Released in Fatal I-79 Accident

By: Jennifer Rizzi, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/22/2012@ 10:35 p.m.

ROANE COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Authorities have released the names of the four people killed in car accident yesterday on Interstate 79.

Travon Frisby, 20, Cameron Shields, 19, Steven Ranjo, 44 and Leo Ranjo, 88, are the names of the people who were killed in the accident.

Police say all the victims were from out of state.



UPDATE 7/21/2012@ 11:12 p.m.

ROANE COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Four lives were gone in an instant Saturday afternoon after a tragic accident on Interstate 79 claimed them.

State police say two teenage males were driving in the northbound lanes about 5 p.m. when they crossed the grass median and hit another vehicle head-on.

They say that vehicle was a Volkswagen Jetta that had two other men inside. All four people were killed on impact.

"It's pretty bad...something you hate to see," state trooper Eric Workman said. "Four people died today and two of them were very young. That's what makes it even worse."

The accident happened at mile marker 32 near Big Otter. It held up southbound traffic for a half-mile. Police steered oncoming cars onto a detour.

Investigators say they've seen the roads get busier recently thanks to the end of the stormy spell.

"There's a lot of traffic right now wih all the power outages we've had," said Chuck Runyon, emergency operations manager with the West Virginia Department of Transportation. "Now people are getting their power back and going on vacation."

Runyon says that makes it an important time to stay alert behind the wheel.

"A lot of people are traveling because of the weather right now," he said. "So they really need to focus on the road and watch out for the other guy and be safe."

Police aren't releasing the victims' identities until their families are notified. They believe the two teenage males were from Maryland and the two other men were from Pennsylvania.

All lanes of I-79 have been re-opened.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/21/2012

ROANE COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people are dead after a head on collision in Roane County, West Virginia.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. at mile marker 32 on I-79 near Big Otter.

Authorities on the scene tell WSAZ.com two male teenagers were traveling northbound on I-79 when they crossed the median and hit a Volkswagen Jetta that was traveling southbound head on.

The two male teenagers and two men in the Jetta were all killed instantly.

The southbound lanes are shut down as authorities continue to investigate.

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