Four Va. men killed in U.S. 340 crash are identified

February 15, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Police have released the names of four men who were killed early Wednesday when the van in which they were riding collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 340 near Chestnut Hill Road.

The driver of the Ford F-250 Econoline van was Victor Enrique Franco-Grijalva, 33, of Woodbridge, Va., said Sgt. R.S. Sell of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Also killed was Franco-Grijalva's brother, identified as Oswin Onasis Franco, 29, of Woodbridge, Sell said.

The other passengers were Jose Marcial Ibarra-Cruz, 22, of Manassas, Va., and Juan Martinez, 29, of Manassas, Sell said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Michael Rogers, 47, of McHenry, Md., was not injured, Sell said.

For unknown reasons, it appeared the van fishtailed in the westbound lane, crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the tractor-trailer, Sell said.

Franco-Grijalva was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., and the three other men in the van were pronounced dead at the scene, Sell said.


The crash was reported at 6:41 a.m.

Based on equipment in the van, Sell said it appears the four men who were killed might have been construction workers heading to a job site.

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