Two people were injured as the wail of sirens resonated in Moundsville and surrounding areas Friday, when emergency personnel responded to three separate automobile accidents over the course of a few hours.
The first crash occurred around 10 a.m. on Middle Grave Creek Road, according to Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Daniel Holmes. He said a truck swerved off the road, hit a log along the roadside and went over a hill into a field.
"He was traveling away from city limits, going a little too fast, and went over the bank," Holmes said, noting no injuries resulted and that the driver refused medical attention at the scene.
Photo by Daniel Dorsch
Emergency personnel from the Moundsville and Washington Lands volunteer fire departments clean up after a wreck involving a tanker truck and a pickup truck along W.Va. 2 on Friday.
The truck sustained front end damage.
Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil said another accident happened on W.Va. 88 around the same time near the Halcyon Hills Cemetery. Two vehicles were involved, but no injuries or significant damages were mentioned by either driver.
According to Cecil, drivers need to use caution when driving W.Va. 88 through Marshall County.
"We've had quite a few wrecks in that area from Halcyon Hills to Sherrard," he added.
No sooner had Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department crews finished cleaning up the crash site on Middle Grave Creek than they were called to another accident near the Certainteed Gypsum Plant along W.Va. 2 north.
Washington Lands VFD Capt. Bill Murphy said a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck struck a tanker truck carrying compressed hydrogen, resulting in two injuries. The wreck happened at the railroad tracks that cross W.Va. 2 in front of the gypsum plant.
"All trucks that size are required to come to a complete stop at railroad tracks," Murphy said of the tanker. "It appears that's what he (the truck driver) did."
Murphy said the crash is still under investigation, but it appears the pickup struck the stopped tractor-trailer from behind. Murphy said the exact cause of the wreck had yet to be determined Friday.
While he said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Murphy did not know the conditions of the two patients.
One unexpected rescue was made from the pickup truck when Murphy tried to force the doors open and found a small dog inside. The dog was not injured and was friendly toward firefighters until Humane Society employees stepped in to temporarily care for it.