A fatal accident on Route 8 claimed the lives of three local teens on Saturday night, following a collision with a New Manchester VFD fire truck.
According to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, the fire truck was traveling north on Route 8 near the intersection of Tomlinson Run State Park. Firefighters were responding to a possible chimney fire prior to the crash with the southbound passenger vehicle.
Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said witnesses stated the passenger vehicle pulled into the northbound lane on Route 8 in an attempt to pass another southbound vehicle.
"Evidence on the roadway, in conjunction with the witness statements, indicates the passenger vehicle attempted to pull back into the southbound lane, however unsuccessfully," he said.
Route 8 was closed for several hours during the investigation as members of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia State Police, New Cumberland City Police Dept. Hancock County Sheriff's Reserve, New Cumberland Ambulance Service, Life Team Ambulance Service, New Manchester, New Cumberland, and Newell Volunteer Fire departments all responded to the scene.
Department officials said the vehicle was operated by 16-year-old Krystyn Butcher from Newell. Butcher was transporting 16-year-old Kaylin Blake Rice from Chester and 16-year-old John Emmett Snow from New Cumberland.
Fletcher said Butcher and Rice were pronounced dead at the scene while Snow succumbed to his injuries at the East Liverpool Hospital where he had been transported. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
Three members of the New Manchester VFD were transported to the East Liverpool City Hospital and treated for injuries and released.