MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va. Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer reports a Pennsylvania man has been charged in connection with a fiery crash on I-79 at mile marker 149 that killed two people on January 3.

Thomas H. Horner III, 39, has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of reckless driving with injury and has been arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate.

No other details about evidence related to the arrest have been released.

The accident occurred around 7:20 a.m. and caused an intense fire, making it difficult to positively identify Zaquan George, 21, and Margaret Erdie, 19, who died at the scene.

Both directions of I-79 were closed for about five hours during the clean-up and investigation.

Horner has been released on a personal recognizance bond.