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Two killed on U.S. 50

by Paul Darst

STAFF WRITER

WEST UNION -- Two Doddridge County residents were killed in a Wednesday afternoon collision on U.S. Route 50 in Doddridge County.

Walter Glenn Sutton, 82, and his wife, Lyda Mann Sutton, 79, both of Route 1, North Milton, died in the 4:15 p.m. wreck, according to a West Virginia State Police report.

The wreck occurred when Mr. Sutton, who was driving, tried to cross Route 50 at the intersection of State Route 18.

Sutton successfully crossed the two westbound lanes of Route 50, but pulled into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer when he tried to cross the eastbound lanes, according to the report.

The Suttons were attempting to continue on Route 18 south toward their home.

The collision sent the pickup truck airborne for a short distance, according to the report. When the pickup landed, the tractor-trailer struck it again.

The 18-wheeler then came to rest on top of the pickup, according to the report.

The semi driver, Bobby J. Smith Jr. of Indianapolis, was taken to United Hospital Center, but his injuries appeared to be minor, said West Union Fire Chief Pat Easter.

UHC officials could not be reached for a report on Smith's condition Thursday.

Smith's truck is owned by A&L Pizza Supply of Indianapolis, according to the report.

No charges are pending against Smith.

Staff writer Paul Darst can be reached at 626-1404.

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