November 22, 2011 - Sissonville, W.Va. - Road workers received minor injuries when they were almost struck by a sport utility vehicle on Friday, November 18.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. on W.Va. 21. According to officials, Frederick Waite, 39, of Sissonville, was travelling along the roadway in his 2010 Ford Escape when he attempted to change the radio station in his vehicle.
Distracted, Waite failed to see the construction signs and traffic cones before he drove into the construction zone. Waite's SUV then crashed into a large American Water truck that was parked in the northbound lane.
The workers saw Waite's vehicle approaching and were able to jump out of the way before they were caught between the SUV and the water truck.
The workers that dove out of the way were injured. Both were taken to CAMC General Hospital, where they're being treated for minor injuries.
Waite has received a citation for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
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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