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NEW: Identities released in fatal Corridor G crash; accident under investigation

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The identities in a fatal accident on Corridor G have been released.

The truck driver has been identified as David McCarter, 58 of Wellston, Ohio.

Authorities said McCarter was driving a 1997 Western Star Tractor, hauling a load of lumber. He was driving south on Route 119 when he lost control and flipped the tractor trailer across the median, according to investigators

The tractor trailer hit a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta that was traveling north on Route 119.

McCarter was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.

The driver of the Volkswagen has been identified as Betty J. Sowards, 38 of Sumerco.

She was also taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.

The passenger in the Volkswagen has been identified as Brittany N. Sowards, 16 of Sumerco.

She was pronounced dead on the scene.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

One northbound lane of Route 119 is still closed while crews clean up the lumber on the side of the road.

According to crash data, this is not an accident prone area, according to DOH officials.

Still, the DOH is looking into whether concrete barriers would have prevented the crash from happening.  This is something the DOH is examining on busy roads and highways across the state.



According to the Department of Highways, one northbound lane of Route 119 is now open for traffic. The other lane remains closed at this time.


One person was killed in Tuesday's crash on Corridor G at the Kanawha/Lincoln County line, according to first responders at the scene. Firefighters said two people with serious injuries were also transported to Charleston Area Medical Center.

The semi-truck involved in the crash was carrying unfinished lumber and the load scattered across the roadway. Clean-up could take several hours, according to emergency officials. 

Firefighters said a tractor trailer was traveling southbound along 119 when the driver lost control, flipped over the median, and collided with another vehicle. The drivers of the truck and the vehicle were transported to the hospital, but the car's passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kanawha County deputies recreated the scene as responders tried to clean up the mess.

Alum Creek and Jefferson Volunteer Fire departments responded to the crash.


The north lane of Corridor G (Route 119) is closed at the Kanawha/Lincoln County line after a crash between a semi-truck and another vehicle. Corridor G north lane will be closed at Little Coal River Road for several hours, according to Kanawha Metro 911.

North bound traffic is being diverted onto Little Coal River Road by the West Virginia Division of Highways. Avoid the area if possible.


Emergency crews are on the scene of a crash between semi-truck and another vehicle on Route 119 near the Lincoln/Kanawha County line.

It happened at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to dispatchers.

Several people may be inside the vehicle, some of them trapped. Dispatchers also said that the semi-truck caught fire.

The north lanes of Route 119 are shut down.

13News has crew on the scene. Keep checking for updates on this developing story.

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