Ohio 60 crash into tree kills Beverly man

A Beverly man was killed in a single-vehicle crash along Ohio 60 in Morgan County Sunday morning.

Gary E. Combs, 66, was driving north on Ohio 60 in Center Township when the accident occurred around 9:05 a.m., according to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marietta Post.

Police said Combs’ vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

No alcohol or drugs are suspected in the crash and Combs was wearing a seatbelt. The accident remains under investigation by OSHP.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Malta/McConnelsville Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Another area fatality

Another fatality occurred Thursday night along Deerwalk Highway near Waverly, W.Va.

Troy Steven Richards, 56, of Norfolk, Va. and Waverly, W.Va., was pronounced dead at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg late Thursday night after wrecking his 2000 Toyota Tacoma.

The accident occurred in the 1300 block of Deerwalk Highway, just past the entrance to Valley Mills Road, approximately one mile south of West Virginia Route 2.

Emergency services were alerted to the scene around 10:25 p.m., after a driver came upon Richards lying in the road. There were no witnesses to the accident.

Richards was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the wreck, according to Sgt. B.A. Pickens with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies believe Richards was not wearing his seat belt during the accident, Pickens said.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the wreck, with evidence of alcoholic consumption present in the vehicle, Pickens said.

Richards apparently lost control of the vehicle which slid off the southbound berm, approaching a deep ditch as he entered the turn, Pickens said.

Richards lost control of the vehicle and it rolled completely over, coming to rest on its wheels, Pickens said.

The driver was ejected mid-roll and landed in the northbound lane where he remained until a passerby found Richards and called for help.

The accident remains under investigation by the Wood County Investigation team.