According to a spokesman with the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Benjamin David Norvell, 32, of Point Pleasant, was driving his 1993 GMC Sonoma pickup truck east on Sand Hill Road with two passengers when his truck allegedly went off the right side of the road, causing him to lose control and strike a utility pole.
The accident happened around 10:20 p.m. near Finch Drive.
According to the state police, Matthew D. Scott, 21, of Columbus, Ohio, and Ryan C. Beckner, 32, of Point Pleasant, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Norvell was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington by helicopter, where he remains in critical condition, according to Sharon Shaw, spokeswoman for the hospital.
The spokesman for the state police said none of the three men were wearing seat belts.
Sand Hill Road was closed for a brief period of time as emergency crews cleaned up the scene. Members of Mason County Emergency Medical Services and the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene as well.
Cpl. C.K. Zerkle and Cpl. K.M. Gilley are continuing their investigation of the cause of the accident.