Fatal Accident: One Dead in Roane County Wreck

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A person is dead after a Thursday night traffic accident on U.S. Highway 119 in Roane County, WV.

Police say the single vehicle crash happened at around 9:00 PM between Spencer and Gandeeville.

The victim was pronounced dead at Charleston Area Medical Center

Flatwoods: Woman Dead in I-79 Crash

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Sheriff’s deputies in Braxton County said a woman was killed and a man critically injured in a car crash Tuesday on Interstate 79.

The wreck happened at around 11:50 AM in the southbound lanes near the 64 mile marker between Flatwoods and Sutton.

Deputies said the driver lost control and the car overturned at least three times ending up in the northbound lanes.

Both the woman and man were thrown from the vehicle.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man is in critical condition.

The man was transported to Braxton Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for serious injuries.

The deputy said the man was expected to be transported to Charleston by helicopter.

Their names have not been released.

Deputies said speed may have been a factor.

The northbound lanes of I-79 were closed immediately after the crash but reopened by 2:00 PM.

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Doddridge County: WV DEP Says Antero Can Resume Work at Fire Site

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas has lifted two Cease Operations orders issued to Antero following a fire that occurred July 07, 2013 allowing the company to resume activities on the Ruddy Alt pad in Doddridge County.
As a result of the incident, the Office of Oil and Gas issued a Cease Operations order that called for Antero to provide a report that demonstrated the company knew or understood the cause of the July 07 incident, its ability to safely resume operations on the well pad, outline preventive measures to safeguard against future events and confirm that pollutants were contained on site.
Because the agency found the initial report submitted to be incomplete, the OOG issued a follow-up order that continued the cease operations and asked for more detail.
Antero submitted a subsequent report on Wednesday, August 07, that the agency found to be complete. As the company resumes its operations at the well pad, it is required to:
• conduct three levels of review of its pad equipment layout to ensure distances between potential fuel and potential ignitions sources are maximized;
• wait for an OOG inspector to inspect the installation of all new devices before flow back or well work activity begins;
• install cylindrical storage tanks to provide the highest possible outlet of any gas releases to aid in the dispersion of any possible releases;
• latch all hatches on all flowback tanks to minimize potential gas releases directly to the atmosphere;
• implement a mandatory policy for all personnel on the Ruddy Alt well pad to wear portable gas monitors, unless they are accompanied by someone who is;
• evaluate tank and area ventilation systems on the pad and provide that evaluation to the OOG; and
• submit any final reports on investigations of the incident to close out the record on the incident.

Wreck Kills 1 Teen, Injures 10 in Clay County

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One teenager is dead and 10 are in the hospital after a pickup truck wrecked in Clay County.

West Virginia State Police says the pickup was carrying a group of high school students when the driver lost control.

The truck wrecked on Route 36 near Wallback around 4:00 AM Wednesday, August 07, 2013.

One victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The others suffered non-life threatening to serious injuries and were taken to a Charleston hospital.

The investigation is continuing.

Doddridge County: WVDEP Orders Antero to Provide More Information

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) told Antero Resources they want more information about what the company believes caused an explosion at a Doddridge County natural gas well last month.

Last Thursday’s follow-up order demands that Antero provide all the information the company used in an initial report on the blast.

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The action comes after Antero filed a two-page report on Wednesday that blamed the explosion on a buildup of gas from tanks used to store flow-back water from the process of preparing the well for natural gas production. The report also stated that weather conditions intensified the accumulation potential gas buildup.

Last Wednesday was the legal deadline under an order issued by DEP on July 10, 2013.

DEP inspectors had initially said that the flow-back tanks had exploded, perhaps because of a buildup of either natural gas or other vapors. DEP said that a nearby pump that had malfunctioned could have ignited the gas.

The July 07, 2013 explosion resulted in the deaths of Jason Mearns, age 37, of Beverly on July 28, 2013 and Tommy Paxton, age 45, of Walton on July 24, 2013. Both men were being treated at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Three more men are still in hospital, including Arbogast from Lewis County. Arbogast is a member of Pricetown Fire Department.

The new order did not provide a deadline for Antero to turn in additional information. However, DEP’s original cease operations order remains in effect until the company provides the additional information requested by state officials.

Doddridge County Explosion: Second Death

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A Randolph County man is the second to die from injuries suffered in the July 07, 2013 gas well explosion at an Antero Resources operation in Doddridge County.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pittsburgh said 37-year-old Jason Mearns from Beverly died Sunday morning.

He was being treated at the West Penn Burn Unit in the weeks since the blast in New Milton, WV.

Roane County resident Tommy Paxton, 45, died last week at the same burn unit from injuries he suffered in the explosion.

OSHA and the West Virginia DEP are continuing their investigations into the incident.

Ritchie County: Argument Leaves One Dead

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A Ritchie County man was charged with murder over the weekend after allegedly shooting his father to death following an argument.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers from the Harrisville detachment went to a home on Penn Avenue in Pennsboro late Saturday to respond to reports of shots fired.

When they got there, Steven Fisher, age 22, was outside waiting for them, Baylous said.

Baylous said Fisher allegedly shot and killed his father, Michael Clarence Ogle Jr., age 52, with a .357 Magnum revolver after an argument.

Fisher was charged with murder.

He is being held without bond at the North Central Regional Jail.

Braxton County Deputies Say Woman Died After Hitting Fence

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A Braxton County woman died over the weekend after her vehicle crashed into a fence.

The woman was driving along WV Highway 4 in Gassaway, WV on Sunday, July 21, 2013, when the accident occurred, Braxton County deputies said.

Deputies said that upon impact, part of the fence came crashing into the windshield, striking the woman.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman’s name has not been released.

Ritchie County: Body of Man Found in Pond

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Police officials are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a pond near Pennsboro, WV.

The Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department tells media outlets that 43-year-old Kirk C. Guth was reported missing around 11:00 PM Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Guth’s body was found in a pond on his father’s property.

The body has been sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Roane County Woman Killed When Truck Crashed into a House

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Police have arrested the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a house in Roane County, killing one person and injuring another.

23-year-old Chaz Simmons of Spencer, WV is charged with DUI causing death and DUI causing injury.

The Roane County Sheriff’s Department says a truck driven by Simmons ran off Route 36 and hit the house near Looneyville around 3:00 AM Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Thirty-year-old Kelly Casto was killed and 38-year-old William Cottrell was severely injured.

Cottrell is listed in serious condition at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Police say Casto and Cottrell were asleep inside the house when the accident occurred.

Simmons was treated for minor injuries and released.

Roane County Man Killed in I-77 Crash

West Virginia State Police say two men checking on a fox den made a grim discovery in Jackson County, WV on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

The men found a pickup truck partially submerged in Sand Creek near I-77.

The driver Carey Emery, Age 57, of Reedy, WV was dead and troopers estimate he had been there three to five days.

“The neighbor fortunately had noted a fox den in the past and occasionally went out there to check it out,” said State Trooper J.P. Murphy. “If he hadn’t done that, there’s no telling how long this gentleman would have been in the river.”

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Volunteer firemen recovered the body

Murphy said Emery lived alone and did not have regular contact with anybody, so he had not been missed.

Troopers believe Emery was headed south on I-77.

They found his tire tracks in the median where he traveled 333 feet to the edge of the road before his truck went airborne over a 50 to 60 foot embankment.

“The truck went airborne another 130 feet as it was dropping the 50 to 60 feet,” said Murphy. “It landed nose first on some rocks and flipped end over end and landed in the creek.”

Murphy said the water level in the creek had dropped since the accident. It’s unclear what caused Emery to lose control.

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