HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Police believe icy road conditions contributed to a head-on collision early Wednesday that killed four men when a van struck a tractor-trailer on U.S. 340 near Chestnut Hill Road.
There was a mix of ice and snow on the highway, and it was raining at the time of the accident, said Sgt. R.S. Sell of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
The rain was freezing when it hit the road, Sell said.
The Ford 250 Econoline van that was carrying the men was traveling west when it fishtailed, went into the eastbound lane and struck the tractor-trailer, Sell said.
The van came to rest on the right side of the westbound lane and the tractor-trailer ended up blocking the westbound lane and part of the eastbound lane, Sell said.