CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two people were killed in a single-vehicle accident near Hico in Fayette County Monday afternoon.
At about 2:30 p.m., a Pontiac Sunfire was traveling east on U.S. 60 at a high rate of speed and had been passing several other vehicles. The driver of the vehicle was trying to re-enter the right lane, lost control and struck an embankment, according to a news release from Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler's office.
The vehicle went airborne and rolled before it landed on its top in the roadway. Several people witnessed the accident, including a unit from General Ambulance Service that happened to be at the scene.
One man, 32-year-old Daniel Allen Smith of Fayetteville, was partially ejected out of the back window of the vehicle. EMS workers performed "life-sustaining measures" on Smith, who was flown to a Charleston Area Medical Center General where he was in stable condition Monday.
Another male was trapped inside the car and the Jaws of Life was used to pull him from the vehicle, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another person who was not identified was also killed after being ejected from the Sunfire. The name of the male who was killed also was not released, pending notification of family.
Police were not yet sure who was driving the car, according to the release.
"It is not known at this time whether drugs or alcohol were factors in this collision," Kessler said in a statement, "but statements from witnesses at the scene indicate that excessive speed and reckless driving certainly played a role in this collision."