LENORE - Although details are still sketchy regarding an early morning accident Sunday morning that resulted in a double fatality, the names of those involved have been released by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.
According to information received from MCSD Cpl. C. Endicott who assisted Deputy J. Miller at the scene, the emergency call came into the Mingo County 911 Center at exactly 4 a.m. Sunday morning, reporting that a head-on collision had occurred on Rt. 65 North, in the Ajax community between Lenore and Naugatuck.
Upon arrival, the officers discovered Chrystal Runyon and Jason Duty, both 37, from Elk Creek, penned inside a Dodge Caravan that had reportedly crossed the center line and crashed into a Ford Ranger that was operated by Gary Marcum, of Laurel Creek, who was also injured.
The Lenore Volunteer Fire Department responded to the collision and had to utilize the Jaws of Life to extricate Runyon and Duty from the van. They were both pronounced dead at the scene by Mingo County Medical Examiner Mike Casey.
Marcum was transported to the Williamson Memorial Hospital by STAT Ambulance where he received treatment for facial injuries he sustained in the accident.
Unconfirmed reports from witnesses at the scene said that alcohol appeared to have attributed to the crash. Attempts to reach Deputy Miller, the lead investigator in the case to verify whether this information is correct was unsuccessful. West Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Tupper also assisted with the investigation.
The bodies of Runyon and Duty were transported to the Chafin Funeral Home at Delbarton following the accident. Runyon’s obit is in today’s edition of the Daily News.