EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSUPERSTORM DEATHS UPDATE
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Officials Release Details About Five Storm-Related Deaths
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 31, 2012 10:46 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 5:49 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
State emergency management officials are releasing information about five confirmed storm-related deaths.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater says the five are:
* A Raleigh County woman who died of hypothermia late Sunday, before the storm hit;
* A 40-year-old female driver who collided with a truck Monday in Tucker County;
* An ill, 68-year-old Preston County woman who was trying to get to a hospital but died when the family vehicle got stuck Tuesday;
* 60-year-old Barbour County legislative candidate John Rose Sr., struck by a tree limb Tuesday;
* A 51-year-old Upshur County man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning Tuesday.
Barbour officials say a sixth person died of an apparent heart attack while shoveling snow on Tuesday. The medical examiner hasn't confirmed that death is storm-related.
West Virginia officials are blaming superstorm Sandy for five deaths, including a state legislative candidate.
The dead include a House of Delegates candidate and a second Barbour County man, killed in separate weather-related accidents. Officials didn't immediately have details of two of the deaths.
Barbour County Emergency Services Director Cindy Hart says both men died Tuesday.
George Rose tells The Associated Press that one of the men was his father, Republican House of Delegates candidate John Rose Sr. The 60-year-old was checking fences on his deer farm when a falling tree limb struck him.
Hart says another man died while shoveling snow at his home.
The storm also was blamed for the death of a 40-year-old woman whose car collided with a cement truck Monday in Tucker County.
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