THOMAS, W.Va. — An Elkins man and two young children died early Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Tucker County.

Troopers said Joshua Lee Watson, 20, of Elkins, was heading south on U.S. Route 219 near Thomas as 5:10 a.m. when he went left of the center line and struck a large service truck that was traveling north.

Investigators said Watson may have fallen asleep and then tried to correct his vehicle before the collision.

The truck struck the car in the side.

Troopers said Watson was killed along with a girl, age 8, and her brother, age 7. State Police said the man was the boyfriend of the mother 29-year-old April Miller of Elkins. Miller and a third child, age 6, were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital and are in critical condition.

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

The driver and the truck and two passengers were not injured.


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  • bobby

    he was high on something heroine/subutex is what caused the wreck. they also found drugs in the car

    • bobbys full of it or shall i say beavis is

      Let me tell you something mr. Bobby or beavis or whoever u are....your so full of it...keep talking your trash talk that you know nothing about...maybe your the drug piece of trash!

  • jonni louk

    Josh was my ex and still to this day I cared aboit him even after I broke up with him; he will carry on in my soul and heart forever )': I love you josh!♡♡

  • Rodney Hytonen

    I want to know why and how they assume it was the CAR drivers fault.

  • wvgent

    Very sad day in west virginia today. Lots of death on the roads the last couple days. Prayers to all families involved.

  • Deb

    This family has experienced alot of death in 2013 so there will be many angels waiting to greet them in heaven. Prayers for the ones left behind here on earth. May God be with them.

  • Dale

    My prayers go out to all involved!

  • Jt

    Sad day in the Mountain State with all the traffic fatalites state wide. Prayers for all.