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UPDATE: St. Albans man dead after three-car crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A St. Albans man is dead and two others injured after a three-car crash in Jefferson.

Trooper K.M. Williams said it happened about 1 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 60 in Jefferson. Three vehicles had been heading west on the road when one of them, a Chevrolet Malibu, swerved and overcorrected into the path of a second vehicle, a Mazda. A third vehicle, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, then collided with the first vehicle, Williams said.

The driver of the Mazda, identified as Cody Byrd, 37, of St. Albans, apparently lost control while trying to avoid the swerving Malibu, crashed into a brick wall near the Rustic Motel and flipped. The Mazda came to a rest on its top, and Byrd's wife, Donielle, was partially ejected, suffering serious injuries.

A male friend of the couple had been in the backseat at the time of the crash and suffered a broken arm in the incident. The couple's 6-year-old son was the only occupant wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was not injured.

The couple's friend and son were taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston for treatment while Donielle and Cody Byrd were transported to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.

Williams said Cody Byrd was pronounced dead at 3:48 p.m. Donielle Byrd was in a medically induced coma in General's Intensive Care Unit Sunday evening, Williams said.

No injuries were reported from the other two vehicles involved in the crash. Williams still is investigating the crash to determine if anyone is at fault.


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