Father and son killed in accident on I-64

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HINTON, WV (WVNS) — Multiple emergency agencies responded to a fatal accident on I-64 eastbound in Summers County.

According to Summers County dispatchers, a call came in around 12:30 p.m., reporting a wreck near mile marker 140 on the interstate. Summers County Sheriff J.L. Faris said two vehicles were involved, with two people in one car and three in the other.

“We believe that weather was solely responsible for the cause of this accident. There was a downpour,” Faris said.

Harry West, 35, of White Sulphur Springs, and his four-year-old son, Holland West, both died in the accident. The three other occupants were transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries.

“Speed, of course with rain, causes you hydroplane,” Faris continued.

Sheriff Faris advises drivers to take it slow when driving conditions are bad.

“Soon as it starts raining, especially on the interstate, you have to slow down. Slow down drastically, speed kills,” Faris stated.

Faris said people can receive a citation if you see an accident and film it. Summers County EMS, Sandstone Fire Department, and other emergency personnel were all on scene.

All eastbound lanes of I-64 are now back open.

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