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From left-right, Ann Witt, Remy Morris, DJ Morris, and Shaelynn Morris From left-right, Ann Witt, Remy Morris, DJ Morris, and Shaelynn Morris

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The Witt family tells WVVA there is a fund now in place if the community would like to help.

It is called the Witt-Morris Benefit Fund at the First National Bank of Ronceverte.

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UPDATE:

WVVA has spoken with family member Laura Witt about the accident that killed her mother-in-law, 63 year old Ann Witt, as well as 3 year old Shaelynn Morris.

Witt said the family is doing "as well as can be expected" and they are just trying to move forward.

She added that the Witt family greatly appreciates the "outpouring of messages and calls" they have gotten from the community. She said they may not be able to answer and return them all, but they thank everyone for their support.

"It's just a lot to take in," she said on the phone.

Laura Witt and other family members are in Roanoke, where 2 year old Remington Morris and his mother, 22 year old Donna "DJ" Morris remain hospitalized.

DJ suffered facial injuries as well as a collapsed lung and six broken ribs in the crash, said Witt, and doctors told them it will be a long recovery for her. She is stable after surgery.

Her son Remington, known to family as "Remy," suffered a broken foot in the accident. Witt said he is also doing well.

Brodey Sheppard broke his leg and suffered minor injuries, Witt said.

*Witt said it is under investigation who the driver was at this time.

The family is still making funeral arrangements for Ann and Shaelynn, and they plan to set up an account at a local bank where community members can donate to help them recover. WVVA will post that information as soon as it becomes available.

First responders said the accident also took a toll on them-- and they feel for the family as they begin their healing process. They tell WVVA there was a debriefing team available to those who worked the scene, if they needed counseling after their work was done.

Police told WVVA speed was a factor in the accident. Those who live on Stonehouse Road where it happened affirm that speeding is a serious problem in that area.

"It's bad, and it's dangerous. I have almost been rear-ended many times," said Patty Pomeroy. "You really need to watch."

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- WVVA has obtained more information on the fatal crash on Stonehouse Road in Lewisburg.

Trooper Phillips with the West Virginia State Police has confirmed two are dead after a single-car motor vehicle accident: an adult female in her 50's, and 3-year-old female. The woman was dead on impact, but the child passed away later.

A friend of the family tells WVVA News the victims are Rosetta Ann Whitt and three-year-old Shaelynn Morris.

WVVA News is told the two are related, but their relationship is not known at this time.

Two others were flown to a Roanoke hospital with major injuries but they seemed in relatively stable condition, according to Trooper Phillips.

One more was transported to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

When asked about the cause of the accident, Phillips said, "Speed was a factor," however the crash is still being investigated.

The vehicle caught fire after it hit a tree on Stonehouse Road around 12:30 PM Monday.

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- Several crews responded to a car accident around 12:30 PM in Lewisburg Monday afternoon.

At least one person died in the accident. Firefighters on the scene said one car was involved.

It happened on Stonehouse Road in Lewisburg, just past a Department of Highways facility.

Although not much information is being released, firefighters did reveal the vehicle hit a tree and caught on fire.

The road was shut down for over two hours while crews cleared the scene.

The West Virginia State Police are investigating the accident. Neither the cause nor victim identities have been released. WVVA will keep you updated with the latest.

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