Auto accident leaves two dead in Ritchie

ELLENBORO – Two people died in an automobile accident Saturday morning near Ellenboro in Ritchie County.

The accident happened about 7:40 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of U.S. 50 westbound and Simonton Drive near Ellenboro, according to Corporal J.R. Asbury with the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office.

Cheryl Horner, of Pennsboro, and her juvenile female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, Asbury reported. The juvenile’s name was not released Saturday.

The accident occurred as Horner was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram Truck westbound on U.S. 50 when a 2007 Mac water truck, which was southbound on Simonton Road, struck her vehicle.

The water truck was driven by Caitlin Hines, of Parkersburg, and is owned by Jay Bee Oil and Gas Inc. of Union, N.J.

A 2013 Kenworth tanker truck traveling westbound behind Horner’s vehicle on U.S. 50 was struck by Hines’ vehicle after it struck Horner’s vehicle, Asbury said.

The tanker truck, which carried crude oil, was driven by Andy Cornell, of Belpre, and was owned by West Virginia Oil Gathering LLC of Frazeysburg, Ohio.

Following the accident, Hines was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg and was treated and released.

Asbury said the incident remains under investigation. Agencies assisting in the incident included the West Virginia State Police, Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Department, Harrisville VFD, West Virginia Division of Highways, Public Safety Commission, West Virginia State Police Reconstruction Team, Pennsboro Police Department, Ritchie County Office of Emergency Management and Ritchie County Ambulance Authority.