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UPDATE: Mother, Daughter and Son Killed in Interstate 77 Accident

By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 10/5/10 @ 2:30 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A little boy seriously hurt in an accident in Jackson County over the weekend has died.

The two-year-old was in a car driven by his mother Renea Parsons. She was traveling north on I-77 near the Fairplain exit on Sunday when she lost control, crossed the median and hit a car heading in the opposite direction.

Parsons and her three-month-old daughter were also killed in the crash.



UPDATE 10/4/10 @ 6:30 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother and daughter were killed in an accident in Jackson County Sunday afternoon near the Fairplain exit of Interstate 77.

Sheriff’s deputies say Renea Parsons was traveling north when she lost control and crossed the median into the southbound lanes. That’s when she was hit by another car.

Parsons and her 3-month-old daughter were killed. Her 2-year-old son was taken to CAMC General where he is in intensive care.

Anytime an accident like this happens, the question is asked, "Could it have been prevented?"

The West Virginia Department of Highway’s goal is to make all of West Virginia’s highways as safe as possible.

One way to do that is by adding cable barriers in the median, but the DOH’s question is, “Is this one accident, or even a few accidents, enough to make a change?”

“We’ve had a few crossovers, and these have helped tremendously,” Brent Walker with the DOH said about the cable barriers.

Walker says cable barriers along several West Virginia highways have helped many drivers avoid collisions with oncoming traffic.

"It’s to catch you, so there is some give to it, but it's designed for most crossovers to keep people from going on over,” he said.

But you won't see many of the barriers on I-77 in Jackson County where the accident happened.

"The portion between here and Parkersburg, Charleston and Parkersburg; we just haven't seen that many crossover accidents," Walker said.

He says an area must be in the top 20 percent of crossover accidents before barriers are put in place, but when you're looking at several fatalities, there's always room for consideration.

“When we look at our Highway Improvement Program, you bet that will certainly be part of our statistics,” Walker said.

Cable barriers aren't a sure thing, but Walker says they do work 85 to 90 percent of the time.

He says the fatal accident in Jackson County is already being discussed by the DOH, and will be looked at by their Highway Safety Improvement Program.



UPDATE 10/4/10 @ 8:30 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother and daughter were killed in an accident in Jackson County, West Virginia.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the Fairplain exit of Interstate 77.

Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com Renea Parsons of Jackson County was traveling north when she lost control and crossed the median into the southbound lanes. A car driven by Amy Vandorp of North Carolina hit the passenger side of Parsons' vehicle.

Parsons and her three-month-old daughter were killed. Parsons' two year old, who was also in the car, was taken to CAMC General where he is in intensive care.

No other information is available at this time.

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UPDATE 10/03/10 @ 5:15 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The southbound lanes of Interstate 77 are back open at mile marker 133.

Jackson County Dispatchers say a press release concerning the extent of the injuries from the accident will be released Monday, and no other information will be giving until then.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/03/10 @ 2 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Jackson County Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 are closed near mile marker 133 while emergency crews respond to an accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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