Large Load Hits I-70 Underpass

TRIADELPHIA – The left lane of the Interstate 70 east bridge over Dallas Pike Road could be closed for weeks after a truck carrying a large load became wedged beneath the overpass Tuesday afternoon, bending one of its beams.

The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m., forcing police to shut down Dallas Pike Road between the Interstate 70 for hours as crews from Middle Creek Garage worked to free the load.

The truck belongs to Crossroads Transport of Okawville, Ill. Sheriff’s Cpl. Rod Vaught said the driver would be cited but did not provide the man’s name. No injuries were reported.

A West Virginia Division of Highways crew arrived at the scene to assess the damage to the bridge. An officer from the Public Service Commission Transportation Enforcement Division also responded.

DOH district bridge engineer David Sada said it will take time to determine whether the beam can be straightened or if it will need replaced. But the eastbound bridge will be reduced to one lane until repairs are made, he said, which could take a few weeks.

“It’s pretty bad,” Sada said. “That beam’s pretty bowed.”

Vaught said the truck was carrying an air pressure regulator. It was not bound for a local destination, but had exited the interstate to refuel at the Travel America truck stop off Dallas Pike Road, he said.