CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four people are dead and several others injured following separate traffic accidents Wednesday morning in West Virginia.

State troopers said 17-year-old Kara Conley of Clay County was killed in pickup truck crash around 4 a.m. on Route 36 near Wallback. Conley was one of 11 young people in the truck. They ranged in age from 14 to 20.

Several of the injured were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center. The driver has been identified as Isaac Murphy, 18.

Troopers said Conley was killed when the overturning truck rolled on top of her.

State police said speed contributed to the accident and marijuana was found in the truck. Troopers credited a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard, who lived near the accident scene, with immediately responding to help the injured before ambulance crews arrived.

Three people from Elkins were killed, including two children, in an early Wednesday morning accident in Tucker County.

State police told MetroNews the victims were traveling on U.S. Route 219 south of Thomas at about 5 a.m. when their car went left of center and collided with a large service truck.

Troopers estimated the driver, a 20-year-old man, fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line. The truck struck the car in the side.

The victims were an 8-year-old girl, her 7-year-old brother and the driver. State police said the man was the boyfriend of the mother, 29.  The mother and a third child, 6, were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

State troopers say the family was returning from a funeral of the children’s grandfather in Maryland.

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  • Kimie

    The accident in Tucker County was a real tragedy to everyone. The father is going through so much just to be able to care of arrangements for his children. I wish the family to be able to get through this together and not let it tear them apart.

  • Roger

    The first wreck proves the marijuana is not safe, it so sad that people have to do drugs and drive, these young peoples lives are lost and for what!

    Really sad and the people that wrecked into the tractor and trailer!

  • Lee

    As a father the first incident in Clay County is my worst nightmare... you want to allow your children some freedom and to have fun but there is no reason at all for the "party" to still be going on at 4 am

    11 teenagers in a pick up truck is just further proof that kids think they are bulletproof and simply dont think before they act

    The Tucker County simply breaks my heart... sending out prayers to the families involved

  • Larry

    Yes it is, and let's be honest, it sounds like drugs, and probably alcohol were the cause of the one in Clay Co. Unfortunately the old saying of "nothing good happens after midnight" just never seems to be disproved.

  • William

    Terrible and very sad.