MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer reports a Pennsylvania man has been charged in connection with a fiery crash in I-79 just north of the I-68 split that killed two people on Jan 3.

Thomas H. Homer 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 Court.

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

The crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. and caused an intense fire making it difficult to positively identify the victims.

Police later released information that Zaquan George, 21, and Margaret Erdie, 19, died in the crash.

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

Homer has been released on a personal recognizance bond.