CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two people were killed Wednesday in separate traffic accidents on opposite ends of Interstate 79 in West Virginia.

The first wreck may have been caused by black ice at around 8 a.m.

Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as James Hoover of Big Chimney, the driver of the vehicle that lost control while crossing an interstate bridge over Little Sandy Creek.

A 13-year old boy passenger in the vehicle was seriously injured in the wreck that happened shortly before 8 a.m. He was said to be in stable condition at CAMC General on Wednesday evening.

The second wreck took place at about 10 a.m. on I-79 near the Goshen Road exit in Monongalia County.

State Troopers said a man died after his car flipped several times after running into the back of a truck. The truck had moved into the man’s lane of traffic.

The victim died at a Morgantown hospital. His name has not been released.


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  • Wes

    Was the crash near Goshen Rd on the north or southbound side?

  • David Kennedy

    I mentioned 'Murder Alley in another related article earlier this week.
    Murder Alley is the section of Interstate I-79 between Goshen Road (Exit 146) and Pricketts Fort (Exit 139). Monongalia and Marion County)
    This section of roadway is not banked correctly and is far to cruvey for the 75-85 mph traffic that travels over it.
    When the highway was built in the 1970's, the road was hop-scotched over certain land parcels to favor certain politico's.
    It needs to be straightened and immediately have the speed limit greatly reduced and enforced.
    A 60 MPH would do a lot to reduce the amount of fatalities on this stretch of highway.
    I travel this road each day as I commute to Morgantown.
    The 3:30 pm rush-hour crowd is like a Nas-Car race ...the 4:00 am roadway is deserted, except for deer (which I have hit) and the Well Service trucks who are traveling at about 75-80 mph.
    I've said my piece and thank you.
    Winter will thin the herd...
    Murder Alley will keep on killing.