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Tanker crash claims life in Ritchie County

ELLENBORO, W.Va. — A Fairmont woman was killed in a tanker crash in Ritchie County Sunday on U.S. Route 50.

The crash occurred Sunday in Ritchie County.

According to authorities, Rosalynn Russell, 57, lost control of the tanker at around 10:30 a.m. between the Bonds Creek bridges near Ellenboro. The tanker rolled down a 200-foot embankment.

The wreck, which was originally reported at around 10:30 a.m., forced the closure of the highway for most of the day. The extensive rescue effort included a low-angle rope rescue.

Russell, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was hauling brine at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing.


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