NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va.-Three Hancock County teenagers were killed late Saturday when their car collided with a New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department fire truck on state Route 8 near Tomlinson Run State Park, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said.
Sheriff Ralph Fletcher identified the teenagers as Kristyn Butcher, 16, of Newell, W.Va.; Kaylin Rice, 16, of Chester, W.Va.; and John Emmett Snow III, 16, of New Cumberland, W.Va.
Butcher and Rice were pronounced dead at the scene, while Snow succumbed to his injuries after being transported to East Liverpool City Hospital, Fletcher said.
The crash occurred at 9 p.m. Saturday while the New Manchester VFD was responding to a report of a chimney fire, the sheriff's department said. The fire truck, with six firefighters aboard, was northbound on Route 8 and was struck by a southbound car driven by Butcher, Fletcher said.
Butcher reportedly pulled into the northbound lane in an attempt to overtake another vehicle and then unsuccessfully tried to pull back into the southbound lane, Fletcher said, citing witness statements and crash scene evidence.
Three New Manchester volunteer firefighters were taken to Weirton Medical Center for injuries suffered in the accident. They were treated and released, Fletcher said.
Route 8 was closed for several hours as the sheriff's department conducted its investigation, with help from the West Virginia State Police, New Cumberland Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff's Reserve, New Cumberland Ambulance Service, LifeTeam EMS, and the New Manchester, New Cumberland and Newell volunteer fire departments.
Fletcher said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.