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UPDATE: Deer May Be to Blame for Fatal Crash in Milton

By: WSAZ News Staff; Bill Murray; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Bill Murray; Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 5/28/13 @ 10 p.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A deer may be to blame for a fatal accident along Interstate 64 in Milton.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday about a mile east of the Milton exit.

Katrina Godbey's mother tells Katrina and her fiance were driving from Huntington back to the Kanawha Valley so they would be in Nitro to celebrate with her brother on his birthday Tuesday.

Emergency crews say just before the Milton exit, the couple hit a deer and the airbags deployed in the car. When they moved the car to the shoulder, it was rear-ended by another vehicle, and Katrina was hit. Katrina was pronounced dead at the scene.

Katrina graduated from Nitro High School in 2011. She was 20 years old.

Katrina grew up across the street in Nitro from Darrell and Patsy Brown, who say Katrina felt like family.

“We probably felt like she was closer to being one of our kids than anything else," Darrell said. "We really enjoyed talking with her, just bringing her up on the porch and just having conversation of just about anything."

"I almost feel like we've lost one of our kids,” Patsy said. “She was here a lot, and she loved us.”

Katrina's fiance, Joshua McComas, was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he could be a patient for another week. McComas has injuries to his hand, a fractured hip and some bleeding on the brain.

The DNR says this is a time of year when drivers need to be extra cautious.

"We're entering the time of year when young (deer) are being born,” DNR Game Management Assistant Chief Paul Johansen said. "You've got green up along the roads. You've got deer that may come out if there's not enough food."

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UPDATE 5/27/13 @ 11:40 p.m.
MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Interstate 64 reopened late Monday night after a two-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured at least two others in eastern Cabell County, the Milton Volunteer Chief tells

Two people were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital with unknown injuries. Two people were ejected from the wreckage, and a third person was trapped in a car.

The eastbound lanes were closed nearly two hours. The crash happened about 9:45 p.m. Monday, about a mile east of the Milton exit in the eastbound lanes near mile-marker 29.

The fire chief says it appears a deer caused the crash.

The westbound lanes were closed briefly, mainly to allow emergency vehicles access to the scene.

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MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash late Monday night on Interstate 64 at mile-marker 29, Cabell County 911 dispatchers say.

Two other people were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The interstate is closed in both directions at this time near the crash, which happened about a mile east of the Milton exit. I-64 is expected to be closed for quite some time, dispatchers say. They caution motorists to avoid the area if possible.

Two people were ejected from a vehicle, and another person was trapped in the wreckage.

The crash was reported about 9:45 p.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes.

Milton Police, Milton volunteer firefighters and Cabell County Emergency Medical Service crews responded to the scene.

We also have a crew at the scene.

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