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Margaret Erdie and Zaquan George Car Accident: Authorities identify two killed in Wednesday crash on I-79 in Bridgeport

Margaret Erdie and Zaquan George Obituary News: Authorities identify two killed in Wednesday crash on I-79 in Bridgeport.

The investigation into the deadly vehicle collision that happened on January 3, 2024, on Interstate 79, close to the 149-mile marker, is still ongoing by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office.

Margaret Erdie, 19, and Zaquan George, 21, both of Morgantown, have been named as the two confirmed dead.

According to reports, around 7:19 a.m. on Wednesday, the accident happened close to the 149-mile marker on Interstate 79 between Exit 152 — Westover and the Interstate 68 interchange, resulting in the deaths of two people and the injuries of another two.

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) published a news release confirming the two fatalities Wednesday afternoon, following an approximately five-hour total down of both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate.

Mon EMS took two more victims to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital so they could receive care; at the time of this report, it was unclear how badly injured they were or how they were doing.

Traffic was stopped on both sides of the accident, as well as in the westbound lane of I-68 where the two roads meet, because of how close the accident was to the I-79/I-68 intersection. It’s unclear which direction the cars in the incident were going in—north, south, or both. MCSD refused to disclose a number of accident-related details, citing an ongoing investigation.

According to preliminary reports from the Monongalia County 911 center, there might have been three or four vehicles involved in the collision. However, because the accident is still being investigated, MCSD was unable to confirm the exact number of vehicles involved or whether there were any additional victims, officials said.

According to MECCA, the entire I-79 was reopened at 12:19 p.m. after a single northbound lane was reopened at approximately 12:05 p.m.

Please contact the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office at 304-291-7260 if you have any information concerning the crash.