Rubio, a Republican running for re-election, and Heck, a Republican looking to succeed retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, had left an event in nearby St. Clairsville, Ohio, hosted by Robert Murray, owner of Murray Energy, the nation’s largest coal-mining company.
The accident on Interstate-70 occurred in rainy conditions and claimed the life of a 62-year-old man from Washington, Pa.
“Jeanette (Rubio) and I send our prayers and condolences to the family of the individual who tragically lost their life in Thursday night’s accident in West Virginia,” Rubio said.
“I want to thank all of the first responders who arrived quickly and did their jobs with swift professionalism. Please join me in praying for all those affected,” he added.
Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler said, “We just vastly appreciate the help.”