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WTRF.com UPDATE: 1 dead 3 injured in Hancock County accident

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WTRF.com UPDATE


Names of the victims have been released. The passenger who died at the scene is Preston Andrews, 23, of Chester.

The passengers riding in the bed of the truck prior to the accident and were ejected are Gary Gamble, 22, of Chester and Nicholas McAvoy, 23, of New Cumberland.

The driver was Brent Higgins, 22, of Chester.

 

ORIGINAL STORY


One man is dead and another three are seriously injured after a single vehicle roll-over accident early Sunday in Hancock County, W.Va.

At about 2:30 a.m. the Hancock County Dispatch Center received a call of an accident on Middle Run Road, near the intersection of Route 208, outside of Chester, W.Va. according to reports.

When Hancock County Sheriff's deputies and a Chester police officer arrived at the scene, they found a Ford Ranger pickup truck, carrying four individuals, had rolled over.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the truck had been traveling westbound when the driver, a 22-year-old male from Chester, swerved the vehicle in order to avoid a deer. The truck side-swiped a guardrail on the driver's side and then slide sideways. The truck then went off the shoulder on the south side of the road and leapt a culvert.

Reports indicate the truck then impacted on the passenger-side, causing the truck to roll over, finally coming to rest on the driver-side.

Three other individuals were in the vehicle. The front passenger, a 23-year-old male from Chester, and two others who had been riding in the bed of the truck prior to the accident, a 22-year-old male from Chester and a 23-year-old male from New Cumberland who had been ejected from the vehicle according to the authorities.

Emergency responders, including the Lawrencville Fire Department, New Manchester Fire Department, a Chester/Newell ambulance and a Tri-County ambulance, transported the driver and the two men ejected from the truck to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries. The front passenger, according to authorities, sustained fatal injuries and had to be freed from the truck.

Investigators say speed was a contributing factor and follow-up reports will indicate whether or not alcohol and/or drugs contributed as well.

The names of the victims have not been released.