Oversize load takes out multiple vehicles


WEBSTER— Just before 9:30 a.m. on Friday, multiple emergency agencies were called to the scene of an accident on Webster Pike involving an oversize load, a fire truck and a compact car.

According to officials, the incident occurred just before the intersection of  Webster Pike and Simpson Road, in Webster, when an oversized load, heading southbound, hauling a piece of earth moving equipment, side swiped a red Chevrolet Cobalt that was headed north.

Despite the driver of the Chevy having heeded the warning for an upcoming oversize load and maneuvering the car well over the white line to make ample room, the load was simply too large for the area and made contact with car’s driver’s side, shattering the windshield, as well as a side window.

Once impact was made, the driver of the oversized load continued on, striking another vehicle.

The second vehicle damaged by the load was a ladder truck belonging to the Belington Fire Department. The fire truck was in the area setting up for a funeral detail and held inside it three Belington Firemen.

Once again, due to the size of the equipment being hauled, contact was unescapable. The oversize load struck the firetruck, which was also heading north. The impact caused severe damage to the front of Belington’s truck and trapped its three occupants inside. 

Crews from Grafton, Flemington, Belington and Philippi Fire Departments arrived on scene and worked diligently to safely extricate the three men, using the Hurst Jaws of Life to gain access.

The driver of the firetruck was reported to have suffered a head injury and was transported to United Hospital Center (UHC) by Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad (EMS). He was later transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. However, the extent of his injuries were unknown by press time. 

In addition, the two other occupants of the firetruck were also transported via Taylor County EMS to UHC for further evaluation of their injuries. 

The West Virginia Division of Highways, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County Administration and Towing Compliancy Officer were all on scene, as well.

Officials reported that it took approximately four hours to clear the roadway of debris from the accident, and A&S Recovery, out of Weston, responded to tow away the firetruck.

Additionally, officials noted that the driver of the oversized load was cited for the accident.

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