UPDATE: Names released in fatal Route 50 wreck

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 1:47 PM EDT
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Authorities have identified the drivers involved in a fatal wreck on Monday.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office said 60-year-old Chad Kilburn, of Cairo, West Virginia, was killed in the crash.

A post to the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page said Kilburn was a former lieutenant in the department. He also served as a paramedic for some time.

Though the investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Steve Stephens said it appears Kilburn was riding a motorcycle toward Parkersburg on Route 50 when a van driven by 72-year-old Leonard Flowers pulled into the path of the motorcycle, leaving it nowhere to go.

Flowers was attempting to turn onto Red Hill Road. Authorities said he was able to walk away from the crash with no major injuries.

The Wood County Crash team is handling the investigation.


A crash has occurred at Red Hill Rd. and Route 50 that involved a van and a motorcycle, and resulted in the death of the motorcycle driver.

The driver of the van is currently mobile and able to walk.

The motorcycle was headed toward Parkersburg and the van was turning onto Red Hill Rd.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Eastwood Fire Department, and an ambulance from St. Joseph’s Hospital are on the scene.

WTAP has a reporter on the scene and will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

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