Three teens killed as car hits fire truck in W.Va.

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Three teenagers were killed in a violent crash with a fire truck on Saturday night in Hancock County, W.Va., about 45 miles west of Pittsburgh.

County Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher said the fire truck was traveling north on state Route 8 near Tomlinson Run State Park, responding to a call about a chimney fire at about 9 p.m., when a southbound vehicle pulled into the northbound lane in an attempt to pass another vehicle. The driver was unable to return to the southbound lane and collided with the fire truck, operated by the New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department.

Killed were the car's driver, Krystyn Butcher, 16, of Newell, W.Va.; Kaylin Blake Rice, 16, of Chester, W.Va.; and John Emmett Snow III, 16, of New Cumberland, W.Va. Ms. Butcher and Ms. Rice were pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Rice died after being taken to East Liverpool City Hospital in Ohio.

Three firefighters were treated at the hospital and released. An investigation was continuing.


First Published January 19, 2014 12:13 PM


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