This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. to include details released from the West Virginia State Police about the identity of the victim and the circumstances of the incident.
A Berkeley Springs man was struck and killed along U.S. 522 in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 16, according to local emergency officials.
Sgt. Flanagan of the West Virginia State Police said on Sunday afternoon that Ryan C. Ogden, 44, of Berkeley Springs was killed when a tractor trailer struck him as he was walking down the middle of the U.S. 522 in the direction of the Sheetz gas station. A second vehicle hit Odgen in the roadway.
Morgan County 911 officials said they received two emergency calls – the first at 5:17 a.m. from the driver of a tractor trailer who believed he had struck a pedestrian south of the Sheetz gas station in the area of the 19th Hole club. A second caller told 911 officials they believed they had hit a person in the roadway.
According to a press release from the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company, which responded to the call, initial information from Morgan County dispatchers indicated “a male had attempted to jump in front of a box truck” in the 2300 block of Valley Road (U.S. 522).
Sgt. Flanagan said State Police were told Odgen had left his residence in the area on foot and was going to Sheetz to buy cigarettes. Cpl J.A. Padilla of the Berkeley Springs detachment is the investigating officer in the case. Flanagan said there are currently no charges pending against the drivers who struck Odgen, but the case is still under investigation.
In addition to the West Virginia State Police, responders to the scene included the Morgan County Rescue Service, Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company, the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. Morgan County’s Medical Examiner later responded to the call.
Fire company officials said emergency responders initially called a trauma code for the man’s injuries, but shortly after determined that the man was deceased.
U.S. 522 was shut down in both directions at 5:29 a.m. and remained closed until 7:50 a.m.