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Three killed in Tucker County crash

By Staff reports

THOMAS, W.Va. - Three people returning to Elkins from a funeral in Maryland were killed early Wednesday killed in a traffic accident, State Police say.

Sgt. Christopher Siler says two of the victims were children, an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. A 20-year-old man also was killed.

At about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Joshua Lee Watson, 20, of Elkins, was driving home with four passengers on U.S. 219, just south of Thomas.

According to State Police Sgt. C.K. Zerkle, witnesses said Watson's 1995 Honda Accord was veering off the right side of the road before jerking abruptly left and crossing the center line.

It collided head on with an Asplundh Tree Expert Co. Ford f-550, driven by Michael Pugh, 44, of Parsons, with two passengers.

Watson, the driver, was ejected and killed. An 8-year-old girl was also ejected and killed.

A 7-year-old boy, who was wearing a seat belt in the back seat, was also killed.

The two other passengers in Watson's car, April Miller, 29, of Elkins, and a 6-year-old girl, were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and are in critical condition.

Pugh and the two passengers in the truck were not injured.

The children's names have not been released.

The road was shut down for about three hours, Tucker County Emergency Services spokesman Chris Stadelman said. Volunteer fire departments from Thomas, Davis and Parsons were on the scene, as well as Tucker County EMS and State Police.

Zerkle said they were waiting on autopsy reports to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


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