4 victims in Saturday’s wreck named
RANSON – A 17-year-old Washington High School student, a recent graduate of the same school and an eldery couple were identified as the four people who were killed Saturday following a two-vehicle accident on W.Va. 9 in Ranson.
Police released the identifies of the victims Sunday after ensuring that their next of kin had been notified of the fatal traffic accident, which Ranson Police Chief William Roper called one of the worst tragedies to happen in Jefferson County in some time.
The first victim was identified as 19-year-old Angela C. Gaines, of Charles Town. Gaines, who just graduated from Washington High School last year, was driving one of the vehicles involved in the wreck, a 1997 Jeep Wrangler.
A passenger in her vehicle, 17-year-old Chandler N. Upson, also of Charles Town, also died in the wreck. Upson was a student at Washington High School.
The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident, 76-year-old George S. Lloyd, of Charles Town, was the third victim identified. He was driving a 2008 Buick Enclave.
All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
His wife, 71-year-old Betty Sue Lloyd, who was a passenger in the Buick, was transported from the scene and initially taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She then was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. She succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead after arriving at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Saturday’s accident happened at about 10:50 a.m. on W.Va. 9 between Oaklee Drive and Currie Road. Gaines’ vehicle was traveling east on W.Va. 9 toward Oaklee Drive, while the Buick driven by George Lloyd was traveling west toward Currie Road. The accident occurred in the westbound lane of W.Va. 9. While the cause of the accident remains under investigation, it’s suspected one of the vehicles crossed the median and collided with the other vehicle. The accident is being investigated by the Ranson Police Department. Officer Adam Watson of the Ranson Police Department is performing a reconstruction of the accident with the assistance of Sgt. R.S. Sell and Deputy Demory of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
The Independent Fire Co., Jefferson County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Citizens Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Charles Town Police Department, Harpers Ferry Police Department and Shepherdstown Police Department assisted at the scene of Saturday’s accident.