UPDATE | 2 dead in Kanawha County crash; one name released

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST
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UPDATE 2/28/19 @ 2 p.m.

More details have been released in a deadly head-on crash that killed two people Wednesday on U.S. 60 in Malden, including one of the victim's names.

Brian Cook, 39, died in the crash, along with a juvenile whose name has not been released, West Virginia State Police say. Troopers say Cook and the juvenile were both passengers in the same car. The juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say the car was headed west when an eastbound pickup truck crossed the median and struck the car head-on. The crash happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Jonquil Drive.

A woman driving the car is listed in critical condition, along with the driver of the truck and two passengers in that truck.

The cause of the crash hasn't been released at this time.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 2/27/19 @ 9:05 p.m.

U.S. 60 is back open Wednesday night near the scene of a deadly crash in Malden.

That two-vehicle accident claimed two people's lives and critically injured three others.

It happened just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of Jonquil Drive.

No names or details about how the crash happened have been released at this time.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


Two people are confirmed dead Wednesday evening in a two-vehicle crash in Malden, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

Three others were taken to the hospital with critical injuries, according to our crew at the scene.

The crash was reported just before 5 p.m. at U.S. 60 and Jonquil Drive. All lanes were reported closed in that area during the investigation.

Crews from the Malden Volunteer Fire Department, Kanawha County EMS, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police are on the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What began as a normal evening for the Saunders family turned into a scene they won't soon forget.

"I was in the kitchen making me a cup of coffee,
said Barbra Saunders.

Just moments later she heard a loud noise and immediately ran to her husband who was on the porch.

"He said he heard a big boom,
said Saunders.  

She got her daughter and they ran towards Route 60 near Jonquil Drive in Eastern Kanawha County.

"We came on the railroad tracks and we couldn't hardly see nothing. We just seen smoke,
Saunders said.

That smoke was coming from a two car accident.

Two vehicles appeared to be head on had one vehicle on fire, said Bradley Scott, Assistant Chief of the Malden Fire Department.

In all, six people were involved in the crash.

"And the other vehicle had two people heavily entrapped,
said Scott.

Four were rushed to the hospital and two others died.

Scott was one of the first to respond.

"When we got here with the severity of the crash and limited manpower we requested Belle for their rescue and manpower,
he said.

Saunders and her daughter watched the first responders at work.

ve seen plenty of wrecks but not like this, said Zayna Saunders.

Barbra says the families of the victims and those in the hospital are in her heart.

m just praying for the families, she said.