• January 11, 2023

Lois Slater Killed, Ethan Hamm Injured in Auto Accident on US-35 in Putnam County, WV

Putnam County, WV — January 9, 2023, 80-year-old Lois Slater died and 21-year-old Ethan Hamm was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer in Putnam County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on U.S. Highway 35 near Hurricane Creek Road. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause and circumstances of the collision but say Slater was driving a car that somehow crashed with an 18-wheeler on the highway.

Slater was fatally injured in the accident. Hamm, a passenger in the car, was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition. The truck driver was treated at the scene and released.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

It looks like investigators currently can't provide much information about how this crash occurred, but hopefully they're working on filling in those blanks as quickly and completely as they can. Vehicles crash on the highway for many different reasons--some avoidable, some not--every day, so investigators must figure out not only what happened on US-35 but also precisely how and why. Both victims' families likely have many urgent questions about those, so I hope authorities can provide them with satisfactory answers. At the end of the day getting them the whole story is what matters most.

Lois Slater Killed, Ethan Hamm Injured in Auto Accident on US-35 in Putnam County, WV
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