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Two die when truck plunges into pond

January 05, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Two Virginia brothers died early Wednesday after their pickup truck went off Old Mill Road into a pond, according to West Virginia State Police.

Berkeley County Coroner David Brining said it appears that driver Michael E. Wright Sr., 43, of Edinburg, Va., and his brother, Daniel L. Wright, 47, of Salem, Va., drowned, but no autopsy will be performed.

The men had other injuries, including head trauma, according to Brining and police.

Brining said it looked like the two didn't try to escape the pickup cab. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

The cab was mostly submerged in the pond, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.

Walker said family members told police the two had drinks earlier in the day, but police did not say if that was a factor in the accident.

Blood-alcohol level tests will be conducted, Brining said.

Michael Wright was westbound on Old Mill Road at approximately 1:38 a.m. when the 1996 Ford F-150 crossed the center line and left the southern edge of the road, police said. The truck went down a small embankment into a field, overturned and landed on its side in the pond, police said.

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Walker said he didn't know why the two men were in the area that night. Daniel Wright had been in the area before looking for parts for his son's truck, he said.

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