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Three die in single vehicle crash near Hedgesville, W.Va.

July 05, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Two men and a 17-year-old boy died Friday after the pickup truck they were riding in crashed into a tree west of Hedgesville, Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said.

A woman and her two young boys, who also were riding in the truck, were taken to hospitals after the crash, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Conservation Drive, deputies said. The crash site is more than two miles from W.Va. 9 off Camp Frame Road.

The names of the deceased, who were pronounced dead at the scene, were not immediately released pending notification of family members.

One child was flown to Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the other was taken to Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., for nonlife-threatening injuries, Lemaster said. One is 2 years old and the other is younger, Lemaster said.

The mother of the children was flown to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment, police said

Speed was a factor in the crash, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. R.S. Sell, who assisted Berkeley County in reconstructing the accident.

The driver lost control of the truck on Conservation Drive and crashed into a large tree just beyond the intersection with Wishbone Circle, deputies said.

The collision appeared to crumple the cab of the truck, and firefighters had to use force to remove the deceased and injured from the wreckage, Lemaster said.

The pine tree the vehicle struck was on Frank and Julie McGhee’s property at 1185 Conservation Drive.

Julie McGhee, who was at Books-A-Million when the crash occurred, was not cleared to return to her home until about 8:35 p.m.

“It was a shock to come home to,” McGhee said of the crash.

McGhee’s husband, who wondered whether he would have to cut the tree down, said people have been “flying up and down” Conservation Drive for some time.

“I’m sorry that it happened,” Frank McGhee said of the crash.

Lemaster said his department had received complaints about speeding on the road.

Joining the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department at the crash scene were firefighters from the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department and Martinsburg Fire Department, Lemaster said. Medics from the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority also responded, Lemaster said.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies C. Cochran, A. Burns and E. Lu responded to the crash, Lemaster said.

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