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3 killed while returning to W.Va. from Md. funeral

THOMAS, W.Va. (AP) – Police say three people returning to West Virginia from a funeral in Maryland have been killed in a traffic accident.

West Virginia State police Sgt. Christopher Siler says two of the victims were an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. A 20-year-old man also was killed.

Siler says a 29-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl are in critical condition at a hospital in Morgantown.

All five were in a car that crossed the center line and collided with an Asplundh Tree Expert Co. pickup truck. Three people in the truck weren’t injured. The victims’ names haven’t been released.

Siler says the accident occurred around 5 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 219 south of Thomas as the people were returning to Elkins.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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