The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. on the Interstate 77 Bridge, over Cabin Creek. A flatbed tractor trailer hauling steel coils had overturned. The root of the accident is unknown.
The driver of the tractor trailer was wounded in the crash. The driver is said to have suffered an arm injury.
The accident caused a large hole in the pavement on the bridge. The hole was about 7 feet by 12 to 14 feet. Parkways Authority Production Manager Jim Meadows said that anyone driving over the hole would not have fallen through the bridge, but rather thought of it as a large pothole.
Authorities said that the hole would be fixed by today.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 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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