FRAMETOWN, W.Va. — A 4-year-old Kentucky girl was killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 79 on Thursday morning.
The girl was one of seven people in an SUV traveling back to Kentucky when the accident occurred in Braxton County, according to West Virginia state police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous. Witnesses indicated the driver may have fallen asleep.
“It happened at 6:20 a.m. and that’s prime time for somebody to be tired if they’ve been driving all night or just got out of bed,” Baylous said.
The crash happened in the southbound lanes in the Frametown, Servia Road area. The SUV rolled four times and the young girl from Paris, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was riding a car seat for children, Baylous said, but it may not have been properly secured.
“The force of a rollover like that would be quite extreme, and a child that size would have a lot of problems from that,” Baylous said.
The other six people in the vehicle were taken to Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Sutton. One with more serious injuries was transferred by helicopter to CAMC.
An investigation into the crash was continuing.
“Our troopers and the first responders who show up on the scene, they’ll never be able to get this out of their minds,” Baylous said. “Our hearts break for the family and you hope they can find some peace in all of this.”