Truck Accidents Often Fatal on the Region’s Roadways

by Duane Nichols on October 8, 2017

Brine Water Tanker Truck crashes & rolls off US Route 50 on Oct. 3, 2017

“It was so loud,” eyewitness describes crash that killed four (4)

From an Article by Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews (WV), January 12, 2017

SALEM, W.Va. — A driver who heard the collision between two trucks on U.S. Route 50 in Harrison County Wednesday evening knew it was bad.

“It was so loud, even though the windows were up and I wasn’t there yet, you could still hear it,” Jason Barr told MetroNews. “It was big.”

Barr was traveling west after work at about 6 p.m. when the head-on crash between the pickup truck and flatbed commercial truck occurred. He quickly got out of his vehicle and tried to help the victims.

“The driver of the pick-up was the only one that had any type of responsiveness to him. He would just let out low-level moans with every time he breathed out. He couldn’t speak to us,” Barr said.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Department deputies said the driver was in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital but the four others in the extended cab pickup, a man, woman, boy and girl, were killed.

Barr tried to help the two women in the back of the cab. He jumped up in the bed of the truck and reached through the broken out back window.

“There was no really obvious trauma signs really. I was doing the best I could to check for their pulse on their neck. I never did feel anything and this was just like seconds, ya know, after the crash,” Barr said.

The crash occurred near the Raccoon Run exit when the pickup, heading west, went through the median and into the path of the flatbed. Deputies suggested Thursday the state Division of Highways should consider a cable barrier for that stretch of highway.

“That is a right hand curve,” Barr said. “The pickup truck is headed west and if they would have hydroplaned a little bit it wouldn’t have took much to slide out of that curve and cross the median.”

The driver of the flatbed had been released from the hospital by Thursday afternoon.


US Route 50 rerouted in Ritchie County after water truck accident

From an Article by Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews, April 13, 2017

BOND’S CREEK, W.Va. — An accident late Wednesday night in Ritchie County will shut down a portion of US Route 50 west and east bound in Ritchie County for at least the rest of the day Thursday.

The Doddridge/Ritchie County 911 Center confirmed a water truck hit a guard rail on a bridge near Bond’s Creek on US Route 50 west bound. According to the Department of Highways, west and east bound lanes are closed. Traffic is being rerouted to WV Route 16.

The driver suffered undisclosed injuries. Dispatchers at the Doddridge/Ritchie 911 Center could not confirm what hospital treated the driver.


Dump truck accident leaves one dead in Jefferson County

From an Article by Hans Fogle, WV MetroNews, September 29, 2017

MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. — An accident involving a dump truck and a passenger vehicle left one person dead in Jefferson County.

Authorities at the scene say the accident took place around 10 a.m. Thursday when the truck traveling west on Middleway Pike blew its front driver side tire, causing the driver to lose control. The dump truck was carrying a full load of gravel when it merged into the eastbound lane and rolled onto a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze.

Jack Dudley lives off Middleway Pike and told WEPM News he was checking his mailbox when he witnessed the accident. “I saw the truck tire blow and the car was passing me at the time when the truck tire blew,” Dudley said. “I saw the truck just swerve all over the road and land right on top of the car.”

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a fatal accident involving a dump truck. Sgt. Ronald Fletcher with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department told WEPM News there will be many factors in determining a cause of the accident.

“They’ll be looking at the tread on the vehicle, the load size, checking books and all of that,” Fletcher said.

There were two people in the Chevrolet when the crash occurred. The passenger was reportedly breathing and was airlifted to Innova Fairfax Hosiptal. Extraction took 40 minutes.

The driver of the Cruze was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck did receiver medical attention and was taken to a hospital with minor cuts and bruises. Five different fire departments responded to the accident as well as authorities from 3 different states.


One person dead after brine water truck crash in Doddridge County

From an Article by Brittany Murray, WV MetroNews, October 3, 2017

SALEM, W.Va. — A brine water truck driver is dead following an accident on U.S. 50 in Doddridge County Tuesday.

The crash occurred on U.S. 50 eastbound between Tarklin Road and the West Salem exit. Dispatchers received the call about 11:40 a.m. The driver was traveling westbound near Tarklin Road when he crossed the median into the eastbound lanes. The truck appeared to have blown a tire.

Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate. Smithburg and Salem fire departments, Doddridge County Ambulance Authority and the Doddridge County OES director also responded.

NOTE: The name of the Pennsylvania man who died in this accident has not been released at this time. See the photo above.

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Funeral Home October 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm


Shawn Allen Nicola, 25, of Point Marion, PA, died Tuesday, October 3, 2017, near Clarksburg, WV, the result of a truck accident. He was born in Morgantown. Services will be held in the Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, at 11 am, Monday, October 9th.


Herald Reports October 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm

U.S. Route 340 in Eastern Panhandle reopened after crash

Article by Matthew Unstead, Hagerstown Herald – Mail, June 30, 2017

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Friday evening that U.S. 340 near the Virginia line was reopened for motorists shortly after 6 p.m., nearly 10 hours after a traffic crash involving a pickup truck and a fuel truck about 8 a.m.

Police said one driver was transported to a Virginia hospital and others we’re treated for injuries as a result of the crash Friday morning. The trucks caught fire but the fire was somewhat contained without burning 8,500 gallons of fuel in the tanker truck, police said.

The sheriff’s office said efforts were ongoing to clear the scene and remove and reload the fuel as of about 2:30 p.m., and that it is likely that the highway would remain closed until U.S. 340 will be closed until later this evening. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes or expect continued delays.

Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty said he is optimistic that the crash scene can be cleared by 6 p.m., but could not provide definitive assurance that would occur.



I-79 Truck Accident October 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Weston man killed in Pennsylvania truck crash

From an Article by Darlene Swiger, Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, May 2, 2017

WAYNESBURG, PA — A 48-year-old Weston man was killed in a tractor-trailer wreck Monday on Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania.

Michael J. Snyder was driving a 2007 International Harvester northbound three miles past the West Virginia state line at about 12:14 p.m. when he lost control of the tractor-trailer, according to a report by the Pennsylvania State Police detachment in Waynesburg.

Snyder was negotiating a right-hand curve when the tractor-trailer traveled off the western side of the roadway and into the median, police said. Once in the median, the tractor-trailer spilled its load and rolled over, according to police.

The trailer became dislodged from the tractor and landed on top of the cab during the rollover, police said. The tractor-trailer came to rest in the median.

Snyder was pronounced dead at the scene, Pennsylvania State Police said.



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