Three Dead In Two Crashes

Three people died and a fourth remained in critical condition following two separate vehicle crashes in Ohio County within 13 hours Sunday and Monday.

According to Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler, one woman died from injuries received around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on McCutcheon Road, and a second woman remains in critical condition. In that crash, John Hatfield reportedly crashed into the back of the women’s vehicle. Hatfield was arrested and charged with DUI with injury and DUI causing death.

Butler said Stephanie Stahl of Wheeling died in the crash. Nicole Gray, also of Wheeling, remained in critical condition on Monday afternoon.

The sheriff said Magistrate Patty Murphy set bond at $100,000 on the first charge and $250,000 on the second charge. Hatfield, who is not a local resident, remained lodged in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on Monday. His address was not available Monday.

A second fatal crash occurred around 4 a.m. Monday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70, about 1/2 mile east of exit 11. Butler said a mother and daughter from Elizabeth, Pa., were killed after their vehicle was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer in the westbound lane of I-70 near The Highlands.

“It looks like they were trying to go back to Pennsylvania and entered the highway traveling in the wrong direction,” Butler said.

The names of the women, who Butler said were in their 80s and 50s, were not released Monday. Pennsylvania State Police have since notified the women’s family of their deaths.

The truck driver was not seriously injured. Both westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for several hours to allow crews to clear the wreckage. Several volunteer fire departments responded to the scene along with the sheriff’s department. The bodies were transported to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling.

Another vehicle accident occurred Monday morning while one westbound lane of I-70 was closed so crews could clean diesel fuel spilled as a result of the fatal accident.

According to sheriff’s Lt. Nelson Croft, the driver of a pickup truck was slowing down near the cleanup site when it was struck from behind by a sport-utility vehicle. The collision caused the truck to spin out of control and strike the guardrail.

Croft said the driver of the truck was transported to Ohio Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV was cited for following too closely.

The names of the drivers involved in that accident were not released, but Croft said the driver of the pickup is from West Virginia and the driver of the SUV is an Ohio resident.