Woman killed in accident on Interstate 77

PARKERSBURG — A West Virginia woman was killed Sunday in a traffic accident along Interstate 77.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said deputies and other emergency responders were sent out Sunday afternoon to the scene of an accident along I-77 near Mineral Wells.

Radio reports said the accident occurred around the 166 mile marker in the northbound lane. The 911 Center said the accident occurred around 1:51 p.m. Sunday.

Stephens said it was a single vehicle accident.

A 2008 Silver Dodge driven by Zella Keen, 65, of Gassaway, W.Va., was traveling south on I-77 when she lost control, went across the median, turned over a few times and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Keen died as a result of her injuries, he said.

Officials said the vehicle might have lost control due to hydroplaning in wet conditions.

A passenger, Patrica Desamtos, 57, of Gassaway, was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released.

In addition to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department, the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department, Camden Clark Ambulance Service, St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service and the Wood County CRASH Team responded to the scene, a supervisor with the 911 center said.

The accident was investigated by the CRASH team.


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