UPDATE: 4 dead in fiery I-77 crash in southern W.Va., including 2 kids

Published: Apr. 13, 2017 at 10:40 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/14/17 @ 5:50 p.m.

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (WV MetroNews) — Two adults and two children, all believed to be from North Carolina, are the victims of a horrific accident Thursday evening on the West Virginia Turnpike in Mercer County.

The fiery crash took place Thursday evening.

“There were adults and young children,” said Mercer County Emergency Services Director Tim Farley of the four victims who perished when their mini-van was struck by a tractor-trailer after it crossed the median near the Camp Creek exit.

“It appeared the truck was traveling southbound and for whatever reason he lost control, crossed through the median into the northbound traffic and that’s where he struck the passenger vehicle,” said Farley in describing the wreck.

The truck, which hauled canned food, overturned after the impact with the van and burst into flames. The flames caused a nearby forest fire leaving a chaotic accident scene when emergency crews finally made it to the remote part of the West Virginia Turnpike.

“Traffic had backed up several miles and we had to negotiate all the traffic problems associated,” he explained. “Plus we had the fire and the fatalities.”

The truck driver, whose name has also not been released, was likely saved from the fire when the cab compartment broke loose from the chassis. The cab wound up about 75 feet away from the rest of the burning truck and the driver was thrown out according to Farley. Although the driver escaped the fire, his injuries were life threatening and he was transported by HealthNet to CAMC.

State Police continue to investigate the accident. It’s unclear where in North Carolina the victims were from or if they were all in a single family. Farley estimate the ages of the two children killed were from 10 to 15 years old.


CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (WV MetroNews) -- Four people are dead following a car accident Thursday on Interstate 77 near Camp Creek.

The call was reported around 5:30 p.m.

According to the Mercer County Office of Emergency Management, a tractor-trailer loaded with canned goods was driving south on the interstate around the 22-mile marker when the driver lost control, crossed the median and struck a passenger vehicle.

The truck rolled over and caught on fire.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to a hospital. Southbound traffic was stopped so a medical helicopter could land.

Information about the victims has not been released.