MEADOWBROOK, W.Va. — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the cause of a single vehicle crashed that claimed the lives of four people Tuesday night.

Sheriff Robert Matheny said the car was traveling southbound on U.S. 19 and went over an embankment into the West Fork River at the intersection with Meadowbrook Road. The crash occurred at about 9:45 p.m.

Matheny said that he did not believe it was not a survivable crash.

“It appears that the vehicle crossed the center line where it struck another vehicle that was parked at a car lot and unoccupied,” he said. “The car then hit a fence pole and then went airborne over the embankment.”

Though Matheny wasn’t sure the exact distance the car traveled down the embankment, he said it was “a significant distance.”

Names of the victims are not released at this time.

“We have not made positive ID on all of the occupants at this point,” Lt. Rob Waybright said. “They’ve been sent to Charleston for autopsy and the investigation is ongoing.”

This story will be updated.

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