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Identities of two killed in W.Va. 9 crash west of Hedgesville not yet released

April 18, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- The names of the two people killed Thursday afternoon in an apparent head-on collision on Hedgesville Road (W.Va. 9) west of Hedgesville at 1:30 p.m. were still unavailable this morning, West Virginia police and officials said.

The identities of the male driver of a silver Buick with Ohio registration and a female riding in the car's front passenger seat have not been released by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner Carole Spessart.

The crash occurred about 100 feet west of a hill and a curve and near the intersection with Log Home Drive near the community of Johnsontown, Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Nichols said.

Two other passengers and two people in a dark green Ford Windstar van that collided with the silver Buick were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., police said. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

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Preliminary findings indicate the van crossed the center line of Hedgesville Road and went into the path of the car, according to a press release from Sheriff's Department Lt. W.A. Johnson.

Hedgesville Road was shut down for 2 1/2 hours and the Sheriff's Department deputy reserves diverted traffic to Cherry Run and Rustic Tavern Roads, Nichols said.

The Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management also responded to the scene, Nichols said.

Nichols said it had been a long time since an accident happened in that area of W.Va. 9., which is near the Morgan County line.

Anyone with information about the accident or who might have witnessed it may call Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999 or the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000.

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