WSAZ reports that the accident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 77. A firefighter on the scene said that the driver of one of the tractor trailers fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of his vehicle. The truck then jackknifed into the path of another tractor trailer.
The second truck was unable to avoid the jackknifed truck and the 2 collided. One of the trucks was on its side when officials arrived at the scene.
Reports indicate that one of the drivers was injured in the accident and had to be transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment. The other driver was not injured in the accident.
The northbound lanes of the interstate were blocked to traffic for at least 6 to 8 hours after the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2010 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 315 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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