The names of the victims involved in a deadly car crash in Kanawha Co., W.Va Saturday evening have been released. According to the West Virginia State Police, James Platte, 49, of Westphalia, Michigan, Tonya Platte, 38, of Westphalia, Michigan and Beatrice Patrick, 77, of Salyersville, Ky died in the accident that happened around 5:30 PM on I-77 southbound near Sharon, W.Va. WVSP say turnpike control issued a BOLO for a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes near Paint Creek Road. Shortly after, a crash was reported. A Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Sedan and a box truck were all involved in the accident. Troopers say Patrick was driving the Chevrolet Malibu and James Platte was driving the Buick Sedan, with Tonya Platte in the passenger seat. According to WSAZ reports, witnesses told Troopers that Patrick was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes at a high rate of speed when she collided head-on with the Platte’s vehicle. The Buick then went off the roadway and into a box truck, parked on the side of the road and in the process of being towed. The driver in the tow truck, a South Carolina man was in the driver’s seat when his vehicle was hit. He was taken to CAMC General with minor injuries. Two Pratt Volunteer firefighters were also killed and three injured responding to the crash. Both accidents are still under investigation by West Virginia State Police.
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