UPDATE 01/10/21 7:02 p.m.: The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department says two people died in an accident Sunday morning.
Corporal C.A. Kirkpatrick says deputies first responded to a call just after 12:30 a.m. about a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of the highway near the South Weston exit.
By the time deputies reached the highway, a second call about a collision near mile marker 103 southbound.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they saw a 2012 Subaru on its roof in the median, identified as the vehicle that had been travelling the wrong way.
That car was driven by an 85-year-old man from Ohio who had died on the scene.
The other vehicle involved was a 2019 Mitsubishi driven by a 39-year-old Ohio man.
That person was transported to United Hospital Center by the Lewis County EMS, where he later died.
There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Neither victim is being identified while authorities are still informing their families.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
WESTON, W.Va. – A two-vehicle accident in Lewis County brought one side of Interstate 79 to a standstill early Sunday morning.
Crews responded to the accident two miles south of the Jane Lew exit on the highway.
Witnesses driving nearby said a car sped past them going north on the southbound lanes of the highway when it collided with another vehicle.
There’s no word yet on how many people were injured or how seriously, but a medical helicopter was called to the scene and took off just before 2 a.m.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis County EMS, Weston Police Department, and Jane Lew and Weston Fire Departments all responded to the incident.