Route 50, which spans the state of West Virginia, has seen its fair share of accidents in the past month. West Virginia State Police Sgt. Clint Boring said a trooper noticed damage to a guardrail near the Bonds Creek Bridge on Saturday morning. Upon exiting his patrol vehicle he noticed a vehicle had traveled about 210 ft. down the embankment between two bridges. Sgt. Boring said the driver of the vehicle had been lying in the creek for about 6 hours. The trooper provided the driver with blankets until EMS arrived at the scene. The driver was flown to the hospital; his name and condition have not yet been released.
Another accident occurred on April 13th when The Harrison Country Sherriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Route 50 in Salem. The accident resulted in one person being trapped under the vehicle for some time before being transported by Air Evac Lifeteam to Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Another accident occurred on April 8th when Beverly Mace of Deerwalk failed to stop her Buick station wagon at a stop sign and made a left turn into the path of a water tank truck. Mace and her passenger were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and were later released. The driver of the water tank truck was killed after the truck flipped over the edge of Route 50 as a result of the collision. State police say a recent increase in local drilling is putting more water tank trucks on Route 50. They say drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with these trucks.
A fourth accident occurred just after noon on March 29th on Route 50 in Harrison County. The vehicle was headed west when it flipped over near the Joyce Street exit, according to 911 officials. Harrison County EMS took four people to United Hospital Center. No word on the extent of injuries. The Clarksburg Fire Department also responded to the scene.
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