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Major Kanawha County accident leaves five people dead

A tragic fatal accident in Kanawha County, which attracted the attention of the national news media, killed five people, including two volunteer firefighters who were responding to the scene of the accident in order to give aid.

The accident involved two separate collisions. In the first collision, a driver, who was 77-years-old and from out of state, was heading in the wrong direction on I-77 for unknown reasons. She hit a vehicle carrying a couple, ages 49 and 47, who were also not from West Virginia. The couple's vehicle was hit head-on, and the force pushed the couple into a box truck that was parked on the side of the road since it was having mechanical trouble. The driver of the box truck survived, suffering what police described as minor injuries.

While traveling to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible, a fire engine filled with rescue workers went off the road and hit the rocks near the road. This collision killed two volunteer firefighters, both of whom had families. Another volunteer firefighter suffered critical injuries and was put in intensive care. This accident has left several families, including the families of two public service workers, grieving the loss of their loved ones.

Those families will need to figure out how to cover medical bills, funeral expenses and other costs of these tragic deaths, as well as come up with a way to support themselves without the help of their loved one's income. Additionally, they may deserve some compensation for their grief and emotional loss. Compensation may be available to these victims through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: ABC News, "2 West Virginia firefighters killed responding to car accident that killed 3," Mark Osborne, March 25, 2018

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