2 dead in crash that closed Interstate 70

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A head-on collision with a tractor-trailer killed two women this morning and temporarily closed Interstate 70 in West Virginia.

Ohio County Deputy Sheriff Andy Weisal said the vehicle entered I-70 westbound at the Dallas Pike exit ramp and was traveling in the wrong direction sometime after 3 a.m. when it crashed into a tractor-trailer between the exit ramp and the Pennsylvania state line.

The interstate has reopened but will be down to a single lane westbound for the next several hours while a hazardous materials crew cleans the more than 100 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from one of the truck's fuel tanks, Deputy Weisal said.

The highway was closed until about 7 a.m. following the accident.

The cause of the accident is still unclear, Deputy Weisal said, but police did not smell alcohol on the two woman in the vehicle, one elderly and the other middle-aged.

The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital for observation with non-life threatening injuries, Deputy Weisal said.

The Ohio County sheriff's office is investigating.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter @borntolede.


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