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Two Killed in Route 60 Crash

By: Mike Waterhouse & Mary Tignor Email
By: Mike Waterhouse & Mary Tignor Email

Click here to listen to 911 tapes before and after the crash.

Route 60 near the Moose Lodge in Jefferson is back open after a head-on crash that killed two people. It happened just after 6pm Tuesday night.

State Police say the driver of a Jeep Cherokee, Jerry Ellis, crossed the center line and hit an oncoming SUV head-on, driven by Melissa McClaughlin. Troopers say skid marks left on the road show that the driver of the SUV tried to avoid the Jeep.

Both drivers were thrown from their vehicles and died at the scene.

Dispatchers told WSAZ us one of the cars involved was actually involved in a hit-and-run accident shortly before the fatal crash. State Police would only say calls came in about the Jeep regarding questionable driving.

"A Jeep Cherokee leaving Saint Albans was reported to 911 driving in the city limits and somehow it got onto Route 60 and was headed towards Charleston," said Trooper Patrick Mooney, West Virginia State Police.

Investigators told us neither driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. They have confirmed that excessive speed and wreckless driving contributed to the crash, but it will still be a few more days before they know if alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.


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