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UPDATE: Pickup truck driver dies after crash on I-77 Thursday

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Published: Jun. 28, 2018 at 2:12 PM EDT
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The driver of a pickup truck that crashed on Interstate 77 Thursday morning has died.

Eric Bumgardner, 57, of Williamstown was pronounced dead at Camden Clark Medical Center after the single-vehicle accident, according to the Wood County sheriff's office.

Deputies say Bumgardner apparently had a medical emergency that resulted in his truck going off the right side of the southbound lane of I-77 about 8:40 a.m.

A spokesman for the city of Parkersburg said Bumgardner had recently retired from his position of assistant manager at the Parkersburg Utility Board.


Eight people were hospitalized with injuries in three separate crashes that happened Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in Wood County.

On Wednesday evening, six people were hospitalized with injuries after a 3-vehicle crash at Murdoch Avenue and 31st Street in Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Police say a white Chevrolet Impala driven by Ashley Meredith was going southbound on Murdoch Avenue when it hit a gray Dodge Ram, driven by Brenda Brannon, which was stopped at the red light at the 31st Street intersection.

Brannon's truck then hit a white Volvo SUV driven by Ehtan Wendell.

Six people were taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for treatment of injuries, but there is no word on their conditions.

At 8:40 A.M. Thursday, just north of the U.S. Route 50 and I-77 interchange in Parkersburg, one man suffered a medical emergency and crashed his truck into a guardrail on I-77.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office says Eric Bumgardner, 57, of Williamstown, was headed driving his GMC Sierra pickup truck southbound on I-77, when his truck went off the right side of the interstate and struck the guardrail.

Deputies say Bumgardner apparently suffered a medical emergency while driving.

Bumgardner was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, but there's no word on his condition.

At 10:00 A.M. Thursday, on WV Route 14 near Dry Run Road in Williamstown, a motorcycle rider was injured after he hit a deer.

Wood County Sheriff's deputies say two motorcycle riders were traveling southbound on WV Route 14 when a deer came out onto the road.

One of the riders hit the deer, causing the rider's bike to skid off the road.

Deputies on-scene say the victim appeared to have suffered road rash.

The victim was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment, but there is no word on his condition.

The deer was killed in the crash.