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UPDATE: Children Released From Hospital, Driver Charged After 5-Vehicle Accident

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UPDATE (7/3/17 at 5 p.m.):

A woman was charged after a five-vehicle accident last Thursday on Interstate 79 in Harrison County.

Loren Hughes has been charged with failure to maintain control after she rear-ended another car, causing a chain-reaction, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Hughes was also charged with no insurance and no child restraint, deputies said.

Hughes' two children were flown from the scene after sustaining serious injuries, and Hughes was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Deputies said the children have since been released from the hospital.

Another woman, Edna Shaffer, was also flown from the scene. Shaffer was driving one of the vehicles Hughes hit, deputies said.

UPDATE (6/29/17 at 6:05 p.m.):

According to officials on scene, two children and one adult were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

Four of the five vehicles were stopped in traffic, and the fifth vehicle caused a chain-reaction rear-end collision, according to deputies on scene.

HealthNet and STAT MedEvac flew the three patients, and Harrison County EMS transported the other three. Stonewood, Lost Creek, and Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to the scene.

UPDATE (6/29/17 at 5:55 p.m.):

Three patients have been flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital, and three patients have been transported by ambulance to United Hospital Center after a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 79, according to Harrison County 911 officials.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department will investigate the accident.


Six to eight people have been injured in a vehicle accident on Interstate 79 in Harrison County Thursday afternoon, according to initial reports from Harrison County 911.

A five-vehicle accident has closed both lanes of I-79 northbound near mile marker 112 as of 4:55 p.m., officials said.

The southbound lanes will also be closed for HealthNet to land and transport patients, officials said.

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