Two die on Interstate 70 in wrong-way collision
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A head-on collision with a tractor-trailer killed two women Monday 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 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 woman in the vehicle, one elderly and the other middle-aged. Authorities were attempting to notify their family Monday.
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.
First Published November 13, 2012 12:00 am