WAYNE, WV (BY: SEAN DELANCEY, WCHS/WVAH) — An accident Tuesday along U.S. Route 152 in Lavalette sparked a fire hot enough to melt the backside of a car.
Two Wayne residents died in the wreck and a third was injured.
Murphy pulled the injured woman to his van and checked if anyone else was in her car.
“I thought whoever is in the other car is obviously is obviously gone,” he said.
He dialed 911 then got nervous as the flames spread to both cars.
Minutes after he backed up one car exploded.
“By the time the fire department, paramedics showed up, I mean they backed up a bit, but it blew,” he said.
Murphy said he didn’t think before running toward the flames and helping the woman.
“My first thought was to help somebody,” he said, “I would want someone to help me.”
He said the crash has shaken him.
“I thought about the fact that we can lose our life like that,” he said, “wake up and not know.”
He’s putting his faith in god and taking his foot off the gas pedal.
“Slow down when it’s wet. We don’t have as much control when it’s wet,” he said.
The Wayne Sheriff’s Department has not released the victims names or a cause of the crash.
They did say this was one of four crashes in the county during Tuesday’s afternoon showers.