Elizabeth Township women killed in I-70 crash identified

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Two women killed in a head-on collision early Monday on I-70 in West Virginia were from Elizabeth Township, the Ohio County sheriff's office said.

According to the sheriff's office, the women, Mary Zaken, 88, and Cynthia Zaken-Pavlecic, 51, are mother and daughter.

Ohio County Deputy Sheriff Andy Weisal said the women's 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 highway was closed until about 7 a.m. following the accident.

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

The cause of the accident is still unclear, Deputy Weisal said, but police did not smell alcohol on the two women in the vehicle. Authorities were attempting to notify their family Monday.

The driver of the truck was taken to a 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 or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. First Published November 13, 2012 8:15 AM


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