Investigators believe a mechanical failure may have caused a weekend water truck crash in Clarksburg that killed two children.

Police say a 7-year-old and an 8-year-old were killed Saturday night when the truck rolled over onto a sedan at the intersection of West Pike Street and U.S. Route 50.

The driver of the truck told police his brakes failed as he came down the exit ramp causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

The mother, who was driving the car, is being treated at United Hospital Center.


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  • JustSomeInfo

    the original story, reported on WBOY, quoted a person on the scene saying there was no brake problem. and since the fracking industry hires unskilled, inexperienced people off the streets, I like to know who is driving large trucks dangerously on the highways I travel. That's why it matters.

  • cindy

    What difference does it make what industry this truck was working for? Do you feel that this factors in some way? It doesn't matter because it doesn't change anything. 2 children are dead due to a wierd accident involving a water truck. End of story.

  • Kim

    It was a truck with brine water working for the Marcellus industry. Of course, the West Virginia media don't want you to know that.

  • Jim

    I bet the "water truck" was working for the Marcellus Shale industry. I had one of the water trucks from a drilling company cut me off on I-79 one day. I have to question the competency of the drivers and company maintenance in this case.

  • md

    I'd almost bet you'd find upon inspection that while there might have been some sort of mechanical failure, it was compounded by lack of experience and a panic. Excessive speed exitting Rt. 50 was probably also a factor.

  • DAVE R

    what should happen now is a complete shut down of the fleet....until all braking systems are checked,,.......but the money of the industry will prevent that from happening