Black ice blamed for fatal wrecks in Putnam County

WINFIELD, W.Va. — Black ice is blamed for a number of accidents Tuesday morning in Putnam County, the worst a double-fatality on U.S. Route 35 near the Putnam/Mason County line.

“It appears they hit black ice, spun sideways, and hit a car that was in the ditch,” said Putnam County Sheriff Bobby Eggleton.

The crash happened in the 8:00 hour and was one of many wrecks across the county as black ice caught many motorists off guard on the morning commute.

“I came out at 6:30 and all of the deputies were tied up immediately with black ice accidents. Route 62 had a wreck in the Poca area, I-64 at the St. Albans exit had a black ice pile up. It was really just havoc for about the first three hours of the morning,” he said.

The worst however was the crash on Route 35 which left the highway closed for an extended period of time as State Police worked on accident reconstruction. The identifies of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives. Sheriff Eggleton confirmed they two victims were Putnam County residents.

More News

WVU Police confirm student's death following University Place incident
The university is offering support to students and staff affected by the incident.
April 16, 2021 - 6:45 pm
Jury seated in murder of Morgan County teenager
Twelve jurors and two alternates selected to hear charges against Andy McCauley. Trial begins April 26.
April 16, 2021 - 4:38 pm
Congressional delegation urges Biden to issue disaster declaration in connection with February storms
All five have signed a letter asking for support of Gov. Jim Justice's request.
April 16, 2021 - 3:23 pm
CAMC kicks off construction of new education facility
Hospital celebrates the start of construction and kickoff of fundraising for a new facility to help train more specialists in an expanded number of fields.
April 16, 2021 - 1:32 pm