SILVERTON - Fire department, EMS personnel, West Virginia State Police troopers and a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a brushy creek bank below twin I-77 bridges at the Silverton interchange in response to the discovery of a partially submerged, wrecked pickup truck in Sand Creek Tuesday afternoon and made a grisly discovery. Discovered inside the wrecked 2011 GMC Sierra truck was the body of a 57-year-old man.

It appeared the pickup was traveling south on I-77 and ran off the roadway into the median, traveling over 300 feet before going airborne between the southbound and northbound bridges over the creek at the Silverton interchange. The truck apparently hit the rocky north creek bank some 60-70 yards below the interstate and then bounced into the creek.
An area resident discovered the wreck sunk nearly up to the windows just after noon Tuesday and called 911.

Responding emergency personnel had to wade out into the creek channel and pry open the passenger's door to recover the body in sweltering heat. Getting the body up the steep and brushy creek bank also proved tedious and taxing for the firemen.

The body was first taken to Jackson General Hospital and then sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in South Charleston for an autopsy. While an official cause of death is pending from autopsy results, preliminary reports indicate the fatality was caused by the crash itself and not drowning.

"Traveling down that far, there was significant front end damage to the truck," said Sgt, J.P. Murphy, West Virginia State Police Ripley detachment commander. "It's very unlikely anyone would survive."

West Virginia State Police PFC W.F. Donohoe III is conducting the ongoing investigation.

Sgt. Murphy said because of the condition of the body investigators believe that the victim and the truck had been in the water for as many as three to four days.

Sgt. Murphy released the victim's name Wednesday morning after family members had been notified. The victim of the fatal crash was identified as Corey T. Emery, 57, of Reedy.