A crash early Tuesday on Doolin Run Road claimed the life of one and left four others injured. The crash occurred near Box 57, approximately two-and-a-half miles east of New Martinsville.
According to New Martinsville Fire Chief Larry Couch, there were five passengers in the Chevrolet Cobalt involved in the one-vehicle accident. It appeared that the one deceased female victim, now identified as Constance "Connie" Devonna Litton, 19, of New Martinsville, had been ejected from the vehicle, while a male and female victim were trapped in the rear of the vehicle. Two other victims of the crash were out of the vehicle upon arrival of responders.
Firefighters used the "Jaws of Life" to extract the rear seat passengers of the vehicle. The vehicle was found, by nearby residents, at the base of a nearly 40-foot embankment. "It appeared as though the car may have been airborne for a distance and likely flipped or rolled an undetermined number of times, resulting in heavy damaged, including a crushed roof and both driver and passenger side doors," said Couch. "The vehicle was found in an up-right position, and had apparently landed on an older abandoned mini-van, completely crushing that vehicle's roof, and came to rest with the driver's side door against a tree."
Constance “Connie” Devonna Litton
The NMVFD received the initial call at 2:03 a.m. and remained on the scene until 5:20 a.m.
Three of the victims were transported by helicopter to Morgantown and the fourth was transported by Wetzel County EMS ambulance to Wetzel County Hospital. Unconfirmed reports say three of the victims remain in the hospital in Morgantown.
Additional agencies at the scene included Paden City firefighters, Sistersville EMS, New Martinsville Police Department, Wetzel County Sheriff's Department, Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, and Wetzel County Medical Examiner.
Sheriff James Hoskins stated a reconstructionist is working on the case. Charges are pending the outcome of that investigation.