Frack Water Truck Overturns onto Auto in Clarksburg, WV: Two Children Dead

by Duane Nichols on March 10, 2013

Tanker Truck On Sedan Auto

Two Children Killed in Accident on March 9, 2013

From Report By Jamie Stover, Reporter WBOY Channel 12, Clarksburg, WV

Two children were dead on scene, according to Clarksburg Police Chief Marshall Goff. Their ages are unknown at this time. A water tank truck  for Marcellus shale fracking was seen laying on top of a four-door sedan. This accident occurred at the US Route 50 exit to West Pike Street in Clarksburg.

The two drivers involved in the crash were taken to the United Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries. A male was driving the water truck, a female, also the mother of the children, was operating the sedan.

The accident happened when a sedan that was exiting US Route 50 West and turning left on to West Pike Street collided with a water truck that was exiting US Route 50 East and turning right on West Pike Street.

One Dead After US Route 50 Tanker Truck Accident in July 2012

An accident in the Salem, WV, area of US Route 50 involving a tanker truck left one person dead, according to WBOY, Channel 12 in Clarksburg in July 2012.

An official with the Salem Volunteer Fire Department said the driver of the tanker truck was killed in the accident. The accident happened near Dark Hollow Road.

There’s no word on what caused the accident. The tanker was reported carrying calcium chloride solution. There were no reported leaks, but an environmental crew was brought in to assess the situation.

West Virginia State Police identified the victim as Michael Reynolds, 63, of New Castle, Pa.

Reynolds’s truck crashed into the median and rolled upside down, after it failed to make a turn, police said. State Police could not understand why Reynolds did not turn, they said, and prevent the accident.

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Duane Nichols March 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

Crash victims were students at Adamston Elementary School
Mar 10, 2013 – CLARKSBURG – The names of two Adamston Elementary School students killed in a crash Saturday night are being withheld pending notification of all relatives, Clarksburg Police Chief Marshall Goff said. A 43-year-old man was driving a tanker truck filled with brine water eastbound down the off ramp of U.S. 50 at the West Pike Street exit about 9:30 p.m. A passenger car being driven by a 49-year-old Clarksburg woman was traveling south on U.S. 50 near the underpass when the truck collided with the vehicle and flipped onto the sedan, killing the 7- and 8-year-old brothers.
The truck driver told police his brakes failed, Goff said. Both drivers were taken to United Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Goff said. Their conditions were not available Sunday. Harrison County Schools Superintendent Susan Collins said there will be counselors in the schools to help the students cope with the loss of the first and second grader. The water had to be drained from the truck before it could be put back on its wheels at the crash scene, Sgt. W.S. Williams said. The truck is owned by T&S Trucking, Mineral Wells. The police chief called it the worst accident he has seen in his 34 years as a law enforcement officer. “It’s taken its toll on our department and every emergency responder who was there,” he said. “But the family is first and foremost in our minds.”


Mel Ting March 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

What became of the brine water they drained from the truck?


Marlene Snyder March 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Water Tanker Crashes into Home in Susquehanna County, PA

Hop Bottom, Susquehanna County — As the rain came pouring down Tuesday, blue tarps helped to hide the damage to a home on Forest Street in Hop Bottom. A water tanker plowed right into the home, as well as a garage, around 9:00 o’clock Monday night, March 11th.

I thought it was an explosion and we got out here and there was just smoke and the house — the house was laying all over in the road, said Neighbor, Ann Marie Belotti. Neighbors were stunned and in amazement over the crash.  They took photos and gave them to Eyewitness News. Many were getting ready for bed a the time of the crash.

 ”It was a lot dustier than normal so my roommate said, no, there’s a truck up in the neighbor’s garage and we looked up and sure enough there he was”  said Dan Seese

State Police identify the driver of the truck as 43-year-old Dana Francis of Binghamton. Troopers say he was driving the water truck down forest road, towards Route 11, when he lost control in a railroad tunnel. His water truck hit the tunnel, then slammed into the home and garage. Neighbors say he should have never been on the road.

 ”There’s a sign right there, weight limit 10 tons. If you’re driving a commercial vehicle, you’re licensed 26,001 pounds or more. That’s more than 10 tons.” said Seese

Relatives say the man inside the home, Tim Hortman, was in his living room… Right where the truck hit just moments before impact. They say he heard the truck hit the railroad tunnel and moved to investigate.He was checked out at the hospital… But later released.

“Today it looks so much worse than last night. I mean, that’s horrible but seeing it in the daylight is horrible.” said Belotti.



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