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WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — UPDATE 10/7/19 @ 8 p.m.
A community is mourning the loss of a mother who was killed Monday in a car crash.

A community is mourning the loss of Tasha Justice, a mother who was killed in a car crash.

Friends say Tasha Justice was known as a loving mother.

“She was a good Christian woman,” neighbor Pharon Cyrus said. “She went to church all the time.”

Cyrus lives across U.S. 52 from Justice’s house in the Glenhayes area of Wayne County. He says he was inside watching TV when he heard a loud collision.

“It sounded like a bomb went off,” he said.

He says Justice’s vehicle had been T-boned as she’d been pulling out of her driveway onto 52.

“I saw smoke coming out of her vehicle,” he said. “It started burning. I called 911.”

Cyrus says two children got out of Justice’s car. Deputies say Justice was the mother of one of them.

“They climbed out the window,” he said. “They were bruised pretty badly.”

Justice didn’t survive.

“I turned white when I went up there and saw who it was,” Cyrus said. “It tore me all to pieces.”

Cyrus says it’s heart-wrenching to imagine the children being stuck with the horrible memory.

An accident investigator is working to determine what happened.

After the tragedy, neighbors are urging those who travel on Route 52, which is notorious for speeding, to be more cautious.

“I beg people to slow down and be cautious, because one glance off, you could have a wreck and kill someone,” Helen Sagraves, who lives across from Justice’s home, said.

Deputies say nobody witnessed the accident.

The man driving the other vehicle was taken to the hospital.


UPDATE 10/7/19 @ 1:50 p.m.
A mom is dead after a crash in Wayne County Monday.

The accident happened on U.S. 52 about 10 miles south of Fort Gay. Deputies say a woman and two children were in a vehicle that was hit by another car.

A 911 caller reported the wreck around 11 a.m. Monday.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the two children were able to get out of the car, but the woman driving died. Investigators say the driver is the mom of one of the children.

A man driving the other vehicle was taken to the hospital.

Crews are on scene while an accident investigator determines what happened. Deputies say there were no witnesses to the accident.

One lane of Route 52 is open and crews are alternating traffic in both directions.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 10/7/19
Emergency crews are on scene of a crash in Wayne County.

According to Wayne County 911 dispatchers, the accident is on Route 52 in Fort Gay.

A 911 caller reported the wreck around 11 a.m. Monday.

Dispatchers could not confirm if the road is closed or any other details. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is handling the crash.

We have a crew heading to the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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