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UPDATE: Mom Injured in Fatal Crash Improving

By: Rahel Solomon; Anna Baxter; WSAZ News Staff; Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Rahel Solomon; Anna Baxter; WSAZ News Staff; Jennifer Rizzi Email
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UPDATE 3/29/13 @ 9:30 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The mother injured in an accident that killed her daughter is improving at a Charleston hospital.

A spokesperson at CAMC tells WSAZ.com Betty J. Sowards, 38, of Sumerco, is now listed in satisfactory condition.

Sowards has been in critical condition since the accident happened late Tuesday night just south of Sand Plant Road. That's near the Kanawha-Lincoln county line.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a tractor trailer hauling lumber was traveling south on Route 119 when the driver, David McCarter, 58, of Wellston, Ohio, lost control and struck a concrete barrier on the Steven Wayne Smith Memorial Bridge.

The truck then crossed into the northbound lanes and overturned before hitting a Volkswagen Jetta.

Sowards' daughter, Brittany died at the scene. She was just 16-years-old.

McCarter was treated and released from CAMC General.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.



UPDATE 3/27/13 @ 6:45 p.m.
HAMLIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friends of Brittany Sowards, the teenager killed in a car accident Tuesday, say classes were unbearable Wednesday.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, the driver of a tractor-trailer hauling logs lost control on U.S. 119 just south of Sand Plant Road. The semi then hit a concrete median, overturned into opposite lanes of traffic and hit the Volkswagen Jetta carrying Sowards and her mother.

Sowards was pronounced dead on the scene.

“It's just awful. It makes you feel like it must be a dream,” said Brittany’s friend Katlyn Beaver.

“She's like a couple lockers down from me, so I mostly see her everyday, and it's just going to be hard not seeing her anymore,” said friend Jodie Miller.

Sowards was in 11th grade at Lincoln County High School. Her friends say she enjoyed playing tennis, listening to music and making others laugh.

“She was a really beautiful girl. She was sweet ... and really funny,” Beaver said.

Beaver and Miller say they are struggling with the mourning process because Brittany would hate to see them cry.

“She would always want us to be happy,” Beaver said. “She didn’t want us to be down.”

Soward’s mother, Betty, was critically injured in the accident. She was taken to CAMC General’s ICU.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, David McCarter, 58, of Wellston, Ohio, was treated and released from CAMC.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of the accident.

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UPDATE 3/27/13 @ 8:50 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 16-year-old girl was killed in a crash between a lumber truck and a car along Route 119 near the Kanawha-Lincoln County line Tuesday night.

The accident was reported shortly before 9 p.m. just south of Sand Plant Road.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a tractor trailer hauling lumber was traveling south on Route 119 when the driver, David McCarter, 58, of Wellston, Ohio, lost control and struck a concrete barrier on the Steven Wayne Smith Memorial Bridge.

The truck then crossed into the northbound lanes and overturned before hitting a Volkswagen Jetta.

Deputies say a passenger in the Jetta, Brittany N. Sowards, 16, of Sumerco, died at the scene.

The driver, Betty J. Sowards, 38, of Sumerco, was taken to CAMC General. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Betty was listed in critical condition in the ICU.

McCarter was also taken to the hospital. According to a spokesperson at CAMC, he has been treated and released.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The northbound lanes of Route 119 were closed for several hours. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, one northbound lane remains closed in the area of the accident.

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UPDATE 3/26/13 @ 3:22 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both Southbound lanes and one Northbound lane of U.S. 119 are now open after a crash that left one person dead Tuesday night on Corridor G.

Officials say an 18-wheel tractor-trailer was traveling north just after 9 p.m. near the Kanawha-Lincoln County line when the driver lost control for an unknown reason.

They say the truck slammed into another vehicle and burst into flames.

Two people were inside the other vehicle. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to CAMC General with serious injuries

The truck driver was also taken to the hospital.

The accident closed the road for several hours. Officials say the truck had been hauling lumber, which was left scattered across the roadway.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department responded, along with the Alum Creek and Davis Creek Fire Departments.

The victim's identity is not being released at this time.

This is a developing story. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates.



UPDATE 3/26/13 @ 1:23 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused an accident that left one person dead Tuesday night on Corridor G.

Officials say an 18-wheel tractor-trailer was traveling north just after 9 p.m. near the Kanawha-Lincoln County line when the driver lost control for an unknown reason.

They say the truck slammed into another vehicle and burst into flames.

Two people were inside the other vehicle. One was killed on the spot and the other was taken to CAMC General with serious injuries

The truck driver was also taken to the hospital.

The accident closed the road for several hours. Officials say the truck had been hauling lumber, which was left scattered across the roadway.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department responded, along with the Alum Creek and Davis Creek Fire Departments.

The victim's identity is not being released at this time.

This is a developing story. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates.

UPDATE 3/26/13 @ 9:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is confirmed dead Tuesday night in the crash between a tractor-trailer and a car on U.S. 119 near the Kanawha-Lincoln county line, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

Two other victims have been taken to the trauma unit at CAMC General in Charleston.

Several people had initially been reported trapped in the car. The semi was carrying lumber.

The crash was reported just after 9 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 119, also known as Corridor G.

Metro 911 dispatchers say the northbound lanes in the vicinity of Little Coal River Road will be closed for several hours.

Northbound traffic is being diverted onto Little Coal River Road by Division of Highways workers. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.

First responders from both counties are on the scene.

We also have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A crash Tuesday night involving a tractor-trailer and a car has left several victims trapped and the northbound lanes of U.S. 119 shut down near the Kanawha-Lincoln county line, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

Several people are reported trapped in the car. The semi was carrying lumber.

The crash was reported just after 9 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 119, also known as Corridor G.

Metro 911 dispatchers say the northbound lanes in the vicinity of Little Coal River Road will be closed for several hours. Northbound traffic is being diverted onto Little Coal River Road by Division of Highways workers. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.

First responders from both counties are on the scene.

We also have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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