UPDATE: Names Released of Pedestrians Killed on U.S. 60 near Barboursville

By: Andrew Colegrove, Amanda Barren Email
By: Andrew Colegrove, Amanda Barren Email
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Police say the victims are Edward McElroy, 77 and Brenda MCelroy, 70, both of the United Kingdom.

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Enhancing Pedestrian Safety

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hotels, shopping and eating -- it's the perfect mix for travelers who stay in Barboursville along U.S. 60.

Meagan Suiter, the sales director at the Hampton Inn, says those folks who are the tour buses don't have vehicles. Crossing five lanes of traffic to get to a restaurant to eat is an option, but a dangerous one.

Suiter says they warn guests. Their other option is time consuming.

"If they want to call for a taxi they have to wait for 30 minutes," she said. Suiter plans to discuss with other hotel managers, at their next meeting, options for safe transportation for guests.

Jennifer Gothard works in the area. She waits for the bus at a concrete block attached to a light up at the intersection and then walks down the road, with no sidewalk, to work.

"Sometimes you have to stop the traffic just to catch the bus that way you don't miss the bus," Gothard said.

The accident Tuesday night that killed two pedestrians, who were guests at the Barboursville Best Western along U.S. 60 near Barboursville not far from the hotel, is shining new light on the problem. The victims were from Great Britain where they drive on the opposite side of the road.

"One thing that I think will be helpful would be to help with the lighting in the area," Barboursville Mayor Paul Turman said. "It's unfortunate, and we are saddened by it."

Some people suggested a crosswalk in that area as a fix, but the Department of Highways says from an engineering standpoint that might not be the best fix. The spokeswoman says with no sidewalks or concrete medians on a five-lane-road with 40 mile-per-hour traffic it might not be a good and safe option. Turman says he will talk with the DOH about possibly more lights in the area.

In addition to lights the DOH, says signs may help as well.

UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 10:50 a.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Barboursville Police have released the names of the elderly couple hit and killed while trying to cross U.S. 60 Tuesday night.

The accident happened in the 3400 block of Route 60 about 8:15 p.m. This is just past the East Mall Road exit.

Police say the victims are Edward McElroy, 77 and Brenda McElroy, 70, both of the United Kingdom.

Investigators say the McElroys were returning from dinner and walking back across Route 60 when they were hit.

The couple had checked into the Best Western motel earlier Tuesday, according to Mike Stephenson, the motel manager.

Sgt. Larry D’Alessi says there are no current charges pending against the driver of the vehicle.



UPDATE 10/2/13 @ 8:30 a.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The manager of a Barboursville area motel says the couple hit and killed along U.S. 60 Tuesday night was from Great Britain.

The accident happened in the 3400 block of Route 60 about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Mike Stephenson tells WSAZ.com the elderly couple checked into the Best Western motel on Tuesday.

Stephenson say the couple had gone to front desk minutes before the accident to ask where they could go to dinner.

The couple was struck by a mini-van. No information about the driver has been released.

Barboursville Police are investigating the accident but tell WSAZ.com at this point it does not appear any charges will be filed.

A witness told WSAZ.com that a nurse at the scene attempted to render aid to both victims, but it was already too late.

Police say they will release the names of the victims, once the family overseas is notified.

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UPDATE 10/2/13 @ 12:28 a.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A portion of U.S. 60 just past the mall exit has re-opened after an elderly man and woman were struck and killed by vehicle Tuesday night.

The accident happened in the 3400 block of Route 60 near Barboursville about 8:15 p.m.

The couple was struck by a mini-van. No information about the driver has been released.

A witness told WSAZ.com that a nurse at the scene attempted to render aid to both victims, but it was already too late.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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UPDATE 10/1/13 @ 11 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly man and woman were struck and killed Tuesday night in the 3400 block of U.S. 60, according to Barboursville Police .

It happened about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers say the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 will remain closed for a lengthy time as the investigation continues. As of just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, one westbound lane also remained closed.

In addition to first responders, the Cabell County coroner was at the scene.

A witness told WSAZ.com that a nurse at the scene attempted to render aid to both victims, but it was already too late.

There is no information yet on the vehicle or driver involved.

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ORIGINAL STORY
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people were struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night in the 3400 block of U.S. 60, Cabell County 911 dispatchers say.

The accident was reported just before 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Outback Steakhouse.

Both eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 are currently closed. One westbound lane also is closed.

We have a crew at the scene.

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