UPDATE: Police temporarily close roadway to work on crash reconstruction

Published: Mar. 24, 2018 at 7:11 PM EDT
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UPDATE 3/26/18 @ 11:30 a.m.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies have temporarily shut down parts of Paint Creek Road and Lower Patch Road.

They are working to reconstruct the accident that killed two Pratt Volunteer firefighters Saturday afternoon.

The roadway was closed for at least 30 minutes.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and for updates.

UPDATE 3/25/2018 @ 1:40 p.m.

The names of the victims involved in a deadly car crash in Kanawha County Saturday evening have been released. West Virginia State Police say James Platte, 49, of Westphalia, Michigan, Tonya Platte, 38, of Westphalia, Michigan and Beatrice Patrick, 77, of Salyersville, Kentucky died in the accident.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. on I-77 southbound near Sharon.

WVSP say turnpike control issued a BOLO for a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes near Paint Creek Road. Shortly after, a crash was reported. A Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Sedan and a box truck were all involved in the accident.

Troopers say Patrick was driving the Chevrolet Malibu and James Platte was driving the Buick Sedan, with Tonya Platte in the passenger seat.

Witnesses told troopers that Patrick was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes at a high rate of speed when she collided head-on with the Platte's vehicle.

Witnesses then say the Buick went off the roadway and into a box truck, parked on the side of the road and in the process of being towed. The driver in the tow truck, a South Carolina man was in the driver's seat when his vehicle was hit. He was taken to CAMC General with minor injuries.

Two Pratt Volunteer firefighters were killed and three injured responding to the crash.

On the way to the scene, troopers say Pratt fire engine 111 left the edge of the roadway and hit the rock face that borders the highway.

Firefighters Michael Edwards and Tom Craigo were both killed in the accident, according to Deputy Chief Rod Johnson.

Johnson says Edwards had 25 years of service as a firefighter, and Craigo had about 15 years of service with the department.

Both accidents are still under investigation by West Virginia State Police.

UPDATE 3/24/18 @ 9:06 p.m.

A Pratt Volunteer Fire Department truck was responding to a triple fatality on the West Virginia Turnpike when the truck flipped against a rock wall, killing at least two firefighters, Kanawha County officials said.

The two crashes meant at least five people died on the West Virginia Turnpike on Saturday night.

The events of the tragic evening began around 7 p.m. when a vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes and wrecked with another vehicle.

“Apparently, a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on the interstate and it wrecked. As a result of that it appears there are three fatalities,” said Capt. Reginald Patterson, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police.

Five volunteer firefighters were on the truck that flipped as it was responding to the first accident.

Along with the two who died, the three others suffered serious injuries.

“This is a tragic event and believed to be the worst accident involving our volunteer fire service has ever suffered,” stated Commission President Kent Carper.

Carper, when reached on his cell phone, said he was at the hospital.

All surviving patients with the Pratt Fire Department are at Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital, Kanawha County officials said. Physicians and medical personnel are doing everything possible to assist the firefighters, county officials said in a news release.

No names were being released yet.

“At this time we are asking the prayers and thoughts of all citizens for these fire fighters and their families,” Carper stated.

The tragedies were first reported via a 7:10 p.m. tweet from Kanawha Metro 911, which said Paint Creek Road would be shut down for an unknown amount of time because of a fire truck crash.

Traffic was backed up on the West Virginia Turnpike while emergency responders dealt with the crashes.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/24/18 @ 7:11 p.m.

At least two people are dead after a crash involving a fire truck.

it happened around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

Kanawha County officials say the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a serious accident on the turnpike with fatalities when their truck flipped over.

The firetruck was on Paint Creek Road at McCorkle Aveue SE, according to dispatch.

Paint Creek Road is shut down.

Five firefighters were on the truck at the time of the accident.

Two people are dead from the fire department and three others are hurt, according to investigators.

Commission President Kent Carper says “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in these accidents this evening and their families. This is a tragic event and believed to be the worse accident involving our volunteer fire service has ever suffered."

The accident the fire department was responding to happened on I-77 south at mile marker 76.

Two of three southbound lanes on I-77 are currently shut down.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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