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Driver killed in fiery W.Va. crash

April 25, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A driver was burned beyond recognition in a single-car accident on Myerstown Road Tuesday morning, according to the chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The body was found in a 1995 Toyota Tercel that had struck a utility pole along the road about 6 a.m., Jesse Jones said.

The car was traveling east on Myerstown Road when it went off the south end of the road and hit the pole, Jones said.

Police believe the car caught fire after striking the pole. The car, as well as a nearby cedar tree, were in flames when police and rescue crews arrived, Jones said.

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"We don't even know who the driver was. We can only speculate," said Jones, adding that police will probably never be able to determine what caused the accident.

The body was removed from the driver's side of the car after the fire was extinguished, Jones said.

Jones said investigators Tuesday did not know the person's gender, race or other identifying factors. No identification was found in the car, he said.

There were no witnesses to the crash, Jones said.

The body will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Morgantown for an autopsy. Medical examiners may have to rely on dental records to identify the body, Jones said.

Jones said he did not know how long that process might take.

Myerstown Road intersects with Kabletown Road, which turns off W.Va. 9 just east of Charles Town.

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