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5 NEWS UPDATE: Two Children Killed in Accident, Truck Driver Identified
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on March 12, 2013 @ 4:33PM
Created on March 12, 2013 @ 5:16PM
 
5 News Update:
 
Officials have released the name of the truck driver who was involved in the fatal accident Saturday night. 43-year-old Stephan Kuhn is the driver of the T&S Company's water truck.
 
The children's names have still not been released, but they were 1st and 2nd graders at Adamston Elementary School.
 
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Saturday, a devastating accident took the lives of two children from Adamston Elementary School. 5 News hasn't learned the children's names yet, but the mother is 49-year-old Lucretia Mazzei. 
 
The accident happened around 9:30 Saturday night at the intersection of West Pike Street and route 50. Chief Goff told 5 News the two children were seven and eight years old. According to the driver, the truck's brakes stopped working while he was driving down the exit ramp and that's when he lost control and hit the sedan. Clarksburg Police Chief Marshall Goff said Monday that the truck appeared to have been working fine and that's including the brakes. He said the inspection isn't done, so nothing is set in stone. Mazzei and the truck driver were taken to United Hospital Center, both of them are expected to be okay.
 
5 News spoke with people in Harrison County Monday to see what they thought about this tragedy. "The increase in vehicles, industrial related vehicles, that are on the roads now. If we were able to increase the frequency and the intensity of the inspections and check out the drivers backgrounds. Put them through heightened training for disaster situations. You lose you breaks, what do you do?" said Harrison County resident Steve Santilli.
 
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Mar 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM
These boys were put to rest today. My heart hurts for their parents......life will never be the same for them. May god be with you today and forever. As for the truck driver....my heart hurts for you as well. I don't believe he set out to hurt anyone that night, but that doesn't change the fact we have lost two beautiful kids. Lets all take time say a pray for the family of these two boys.
Mar 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
First off the report says there was nothing wrong with the truck, there was no failure so it had to have been driver error. Secondly I live along Rt 19 and see first hand of the dammage and dangers of these water trucks and oil field trucks cause. I welcome anyone to drive down Buffalo Lake Road any night and see what happens; you will be run off the road at best, if not hit by one of these trucks. they have no respect for the law or safety of the community in which they are getting rich from. I would like to know what right they have to stop traffic on 19 so that a water truck does not have to come to a complete stop at a posted stop sign when entering a major road way (Rt 19). They stop traffic before Cobourns Creek Rd, Sycamore Rd, and at the Laural Park bridge in order for thier rigs to enter the road without stopping. Prayers be with the mother and family of the two children lost.
Mar 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM
i know the driver personally and no he was not on bathsalts or any kind of drugs at all,hes a good guy and his heart is broke over what happen he has to live with this the rest of his life .my heart goes out to parents of the kids that lost there life i wouldnt know what to do if i lost one of mine may god be with all invovled but the trucking company should take responsibility for there trucks not functioning right.god knows he didnt mean to wreck and kill or hurt anyone hes not that kind of person.
Mar 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM
This has nothing to do with the fact that this guy was an oilfield worker. I could care less if he worked in the oil field, coal mine, in a grocery store, or at a gas pump. The fact is, 2 innocent children are now dead, and there was nothing wrong with the truck he was driving; as per the news update. The fact is Harrison County, WV has a major problem with bath salt users; the worse in the country, in case you haven't read. My comment was not directed particularly to this one driver, but a plethora of recent accidents that have taken place around the area. It's kind of silly to say my comment ruined his life.
Mar 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM
One thing is clear. The oil and gas company behind this is tearing up Rt.19 from Dawson Mines Rd to Rt 50. Convoys of filled 5000 gal water trucks speeding along will cause damage. Who will pay for the road repairs? That aside there will be a lawsuit and a settlement well over a million dollars. The sad thing was the loss of these kids, but even worse the drilling company continued work and the trucks kept rolling that night and Sunday as well. They have no heart just greed! The County should shut them down until all trucks are inspected and the roads repaired.
Mar 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I think that is a very rude and disrespectful accusation you are making about this poor guy that you don't even know. I am sure he is having a hard enough time dealing with the situation without people like yourself starting rumors or just making ignorant accusations. The man was trying to work and make a living to either support himself or his family,but you must be one of those bias people who think just because he was a oilfield worker he was on drugs. Which I'm not saying its not possible but why don't you wait until the facts are released before making a comment like that. Because if I had my way about it is people like you that I would not supply natural gas too, we risk our lives everyday to make sure we keep west Virginia plenty full of gas and its like we are the devil. As far as the parents and family of the two children who were deceased my heart aches at the thought of the pain and suffering they are going through, and Im sure just like myself every oilfield worker and any other human beings feel terrible for them. In closing all I really want to say is get your facts straight before you ruin someones life. Have a nice day!
Mar 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM
There are too many freak vehicle accidents happening in WV for which there is no obvious cause. I believe the cause is indirectly related to bath salt use. Without bath salts; the users become extremely tired and will fall asleep wherever they are at; leaving innocent people in danger of being hurt or killed. I'm not accusing this particular driver for being a bath salts user (I do not know the driver), however, I would say it is a possibility and there is no way to test people to find out!

May God hold tight this poor mother who is now left grieving the loss of her babies. My heart goes out to her as I cannot imagine the pain she is experiencing right now.
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