Two Water Truck Workers Die in Crash

MIDDLEBOURNE — Two Jay Bee Oil and Gas Inc. workers died Sunday when their work truck crashed over an embankment on the south side of Jug in Tyler Country.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s officials said the accident occurred at about 9:01 p.m. Sunday. Tyler County E-911 Center received the call that a dump truck was over the embankment in the Jug turn on West Virginia 18, just south of Middlebourne.

Those arriving on the scene of the accident discovered that a water bottle truck had traveled through the guard rail and over the embankment on W.Va. 18. The vehicle was said to be a water truck owned by Jay Bee Oil and Gas Inc. in Cairo, West Virginia.

The driver was identified as Curtis E. Etheredge Jr. of Harrisville, and the passenger was Eric V. Hardman of Parkersburg. Fire crews had to extricate the victims from the vehicle. Etheredge was pronounced dead at the scene, and Hardman was rushed to Sistersville General Hospital by Middlebourne EMS. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office and first responders with the Middlebourne, Sistersville, Alma and Shirley volunteer fire departments and Middlebourne EMS responded to the scene. Tyler County Office of Emergency Management, West Virginia Division of Highways and the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office assisted the sheriff’s office.

A towing company located in Cairo worked in conjunction with Jackson’s Towing of New Martinsville to remove the vehicle. The crash shut down W.Va. 18 for about four hours. The road was officially reopened early today.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is leading the accident investigation.

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