Update: Names released in fatal wreck

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 3:19 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2021 at 4:59 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Authorities have released the names of the people hurt in Wednesday’s fiery wreck on U.S. Route 50.

Kathryn Reynolds, 71, of Palestine, was the passenger who was killed as a result of the crash. Chief Deputy Robert Sims said the Chevy Equinox she was riding in struck a West Virginia Department of Highways mower driven by Ronald Scott Graham, 53, of Walker. The Equinox then rebounded left and hit a dumpster truck driven by Chester Malone, 50, of Rockport. Kathryn Reynolds was trapped in the car when both the car and dumpster truck caught fire.

The Equinox’s driver, Richard Reynolds, 73, and the backseat passenger, Ashley Stevens, 25, both of Palestine, escaped with injuries.

Graham, Stevens and Richard Reynolds were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Malone was not injured.

One person is dead and two others hospitalized, in an accident involving three vehicles on U.S. Route 50.

Chief Deputy Robert Sims of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office says an eastbound Chevy Equinox went off the right side of the road on 50, striking a Department of Highways mower driven by Scott Graham. Graham was injured and transported to a hospital.

According to Sims, the Equinox rebounded to the left, crossing two lanes, and struck a dumpster truck, driven by Chester Malone. The Equinox and the dumpster then caught fire, with both vehicles engulfed.

Malone escaped unharmed, but one of the two occupants of the Equinox died at the scene. Two others in the SUV were hospitalized. The names of those occupants have not yet been released, pending notification of family.

The accident shut down the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 near Marrtown Road.


One person is dead after a tractor trailer hit a station wagon in the east bound lanes of U.S. Route 50.

Authorities said at least three other people were injured, including a West Virginia Department of Highways worker who was mowing along the side of the road.

According to our reporter at the scene, the tractor trailer and the station wagon both caught fire at one point.

Traffic heading east on 50 is at a stand still.

Stick with us as we learn more.

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