Fatal accident remains under investigation


HODGESVILLE — The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal, single-vehicle accident that occurred on Route 20 north of Hodgesville near the Barbour County line. According to Sheriff Virgil Miller, the accident is believed to have occurred sometime during the night, but it was not discovered until 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. The victim’s identity has not yet been released pending notification of the family, but Sheriff Miller stated the driver was a middle-aged, white female. The woman was reportedly driving a 4-door Mercedes sedan, champagne in color, and they do not believe she had any passengers at the time of the wreck.

The investigation revealed the car was traveling north on Route 20 when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree, and came to a stop over the embankment. The woman was reportedly ejected during the crash and her body was also found over the embankment Monday morning.

Drugs and alcohol are suspected as both were found in the vehicle, according to Sheriff Miller. Her body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner in Charleston for autopsy. The Sheriff said wet roads could have been a factor in causing the crash.

If you have any information related to this accident, please contact the investigating officer Deputy Cole Bender at (304) 472-1182.

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