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Williamstown man dies after accident on Interstate 77

Motorcyclist hurt in separate crash

PARKERSBURG — A Williamstown man who apparently suffered a medical issue behind the wheel was pronounced dead after his truck struck a guardrail on Interstate 77 Thursday.

Eric Bumgardner, 57, was traveling south on I-77 near mile marker 178 between the U.S. 50 and West Virginia 2 exits when his four-door GMC truck went off the road and “skimmed along the guardrail” for about 400 feet, Wood County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Robert Sims said.

“Everything appears that he had suffered a medical event,” Sims said.

The accident was reported at 8:40 a.m. Bumgardner was later pronounced dead at Camden Clark Medical Center, Sims said.

Bumgardner recently retired as the assistant manager of the Parkersburg Utility Board, where he worked for nearly 30 years.

An Ohio man was hospitalized later Thursday morning after he struck a deer while riding a BMW motorcycle on West Virginia 14 near Dry Run Road, between Williamstown and Boaz.

Jack Robertson, 75, of Stow, was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital after the crash, Sims said. His condition was not immediately available.

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