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Wheeling Police Department officers are investigating a double fatal accident involving a single vehicle that slammed into the side of the Main Street Bridge over Wheeling Creek near the intersection of 16th Street Thursday night. Investigators photographed the scene from the ground and from the air using a police drone.

WHEELING — The Wheeling Police Department released more details Friday about the fatal crash that occurred Thursday night in Wheeling, though the identities of the two people killed in the accident remain unknown.

At a news conference Friday morning, Wheeling Police Lt. Josh Sanders said the two people killed in the 6:20 p.m. crash were a middle-aged man and woman. Sanders said multiple witnesses saw the car traveling south on Main Street at very high speed before the car hit a utility pole and part of the Main Street bridge. Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

Sanders said there were no indications of tire marks related to attempts to brake or steer.

“It was definitely high speed – multiple witnesses said very, very high speeds,” he said. “I can’t confirm a speed at the moment, but when several people say that this car was going very fast, there is some truth in that.

“We have nothing to suspect of impaired driving; obviously we’re still going to look at all of that,” he continued. “What we didn’t have was any steering or braking marks.”

The impact of the accident damaged part of the bridge wall and toppled the electric pole that the car hit.

Sanders said police had tried to contact family members of the deceased for identification, but as of Friday morning they were not yet ready to release their identities.

WPD officers were again at the scene of the accident on Friday afternoon to conduct a further investigation at the site.


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