Driver charged in deaths of West Virginia Parkways workers

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MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) A tractor trailer driver has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of West Virginia Parkways Authority workers.

The August 16th fatal crash happened on Interstate 77 in Camp Creek when the driver a 18-wheeler crashed into the Parkways vehicles that were parked along the side of the highway. Three workers were standing nearby. Nathan Thompson, 32, of Kegley and Richard Lambert, 21, of Kegley died as a result. Ethan Kestner, 19, of Princeton survived his injuries.

According to the West Virginia State Police, James Richard Crandall, 52, of Reesville, Ohio was charged with two misdemeanor counts of negligent homicide, failure to maintain control, reckless driving, unsafe vehicle on the highway and following too closely. He was arraigned and released on $50,000 bond.

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