NEW INFO: 6-Year-Old Girl Killed in Head-on Crash, Name Released

By: Olivia Fecteau; Steffany Hiett Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; Steffany Hiett Email

UPDATE 9/13/13 @ 10:15 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We now know the name of a little girl who was killed in a car crash in Logan County.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com, Shana Cannon, 6, was in a car that crossed the center line on Whitman Creek Road and hit an SUV head-on.

This happened on Wednesday about 6 p.m.

Shana died on the scene.

A 3-year-old girl is in critical condition and four others were also hurt.

Shana was a 1st grader at Holden Elementary School.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash, but they said a car turning from a side road onto Whitman Creek may have been part of the problem.

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UPDATE 9/12/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A community is in mourning after a car crash killed a little girl and left six others hurt.

"It was just traumatic," Bob Morris, a neighbor who heard the crash and rushed to help, said. "It was an awful sight."

Police say the crash happened just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, when the driver of a car crossed the center line of Whitman Creek Road and hit an SUV head-on.

Morris said this wasn't the first wreck he's seen on this stretch of road. With blind curves on either end, he said drivers often have trouble stopping, especially when the road is wet from rain as it was Wednesday.

Two people in the SUV and four of the five people in the other car were taken to the hospital for their injuries. The fifth person was a six-year-old girl, who died on the scene, despite neighbors trying to save her life.

Police are still investigating what caused the crash, but they said a car turning from a side road onto Whitman Creek may have been part of the problem.

"We have a unit coming down tomorrow to read the black-box in the vehicle to determine speed," Trooper Barry Wellman of the West Virginia State Police said.

Morris said he should have checked the pulses of the three unconscious children before trying to help the driver of the car, who was screaming and could not move from the car because of pain in her leg.

"I won't run to the person screaming, cause they're breathing. But what you need to do is immediately check the pulse on the others. I just thought they were knocked out," Morris said.

He noted that Cora Volunteer Fire Department had about 20 people at the scene helping out, in addition to four ambulances, state police and other firefighters. They were able to cut the woman driving the car out from the front seat.

Police said if necessary, they will reconstruct the crash in the next few days. They are still investigating what caused it.

At Holden Elementary, where the little girl attended school, grief counselors were available Thursday for students and teachers.

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UPDATE 9/11/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 6-year-old girl was identified as the person who died Wednesday evening in a head-on crash near Whitman that injured several others, West Virginia State Police say.

Another young child -- a 3-year-old girl -- was taken to a Charleston hospital and was listed in serious condition.

A woman was taken to a Huntington Hospital. Three other adults and a child were taken to Logan Regional Hospital. Their medical conditions were unavailable Wednesday night.

The crash happened about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday on Whitman Creek Road.

Additional details, including the victims' names, were unavailable late Wednesday night.

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ORIGINAL STORY
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person has been killed Wednesday evening in a head-on crash in Logan County.

County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the accident happened on Whitman Creek Road near Whitman about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Dispatchers sent multiple ambulances. At least one person was flown to the hospital.

West Virginia State Police troopers are handling the investigation.

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