UPDATE (Dec. 20, 2022, at 3:35 p.m.): Authorities in Mingo County say that a seven-year-old girl was one of the people who died in an accident Monday along Route 49 in the Thacker area.

Dustin Crabtree also died in the accident. Deputies say Crabtree was from McCarr, Kentucky.  He was driving in a car alone when his vehicle collided with a van going south. Two other people in the car, a woman and a nine-year-old girl were taken to the hospital.  Their injuries are non-life-threatening. 

Both Crabtree and the little girl died at the scene. 

At this time the cause of the accident has not been determined.


UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.): Two Mingo County bus drivers had to cancel bus runs after a fatal crash in the area, the district said.

Parents had to pick up Matewan PK8 students who ride with driver Daniel Justice and Mingo Central High students who ride Roger Staton’s bus.

Parents had to enter the road from the Kentucky side while West Virginia Route 49 was closed due to the accident.


MINGO COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — Two people are dead after a car accident on Monday afternoon.

The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office says that one adult and one child were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Rt. 49 near Thacker, West Virginia.

One person was life-flighted to an area hospital, and another was taken by ambulance.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m.

This is a developing story, and we will provide updates as new information becomes available.