BUCKHANNON — One person was transported by ambulance and another transported by life-flight after an accident Thursday morning, January 27 on Route 33.
According to Buckhannon City Police Sergeant Mark Stewart, the driver of an Asplundh truck was traveling west on 33 when a silver Ford Focus, traveling from the east side of the intersection, attempted to cross. With no adequate stopping time and nowhere to go, the driver of the Asplundh truck ultimately crashed into the passenger side of the sedan. This occurred at an unknown rate of speed.
Upon arriving on scene, Buckhannon Fire Department began assessing the situation. The driver of the Asplundh truck walked away from the accident with minor non-threatening injuries. The passenger of the silver vehicle was able to walk, with assistance, to the Upshur County EMS ambulance. While EMS assessed and ultimately transported the passenger to St. Joseph’s Hospital, firefighters continued attempting to extract the driver of the sedan.
Ultimately, BFD respondents had to use the hydraulic shears, “the jaws of life,” to make patient extraction possible. After getting the driver out of the vehicle, he was quickly transported by ambulance to the Brushy Fork area, where first responders were met by a helicopter to transport the patient to a larger trauma center. As of press time Friday evening, the extent of the injuries sustained by both transported passengers was unknown.
Emerald Automotive Towing arrived on scene to remove both vehicles that had landed over the embankment.
Shortly after crews returned to their respective departments, Buckhannon Fire Department was once again dispatched to Route 33, this time, just past the Main Street exit. Upon arriving on scene, BFD found many large-sized logs that had splayed over the roadway.
According to BPD Sergeant Mark Stewart, a truck transporting logs via an extended trailer hit a “bump” on the road, causing the rear trailer to flip. There were no injuries reported from this accident, however, the roadway, including the west on-ramp from Route 20, was closed for over an hour while responders worked on clearing and cleaning the roadway.