MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. — An accident involving a dump truck and a passenger vehicle left one person dead in Jefferson County.
Authorities at the scene say the accident took place around 10 a.m. Thursday when the truck traveling west on Middleway Pike blew its front driver side tire, causing the driver to lose control. The dump truck was carrying a full load of gravel when it merged into the eastbound lane and rolled onto a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze.
Jack Dudley lives off Middleway Pike and told WEPM News he was checking his mailbox when he witnessed the accident.
“I saw the truck tire blow and the car was passing me at the time when the truck tire blew,” Dudley said. “I saw the truck just swerve all over the road and land right on top of the car.”
Sgt. Ronald Fletcher with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department told WEPM News there will be many factors in determining a cause of the accident.
“They’ll be looking at the tread on the vehicle, the load size, checking books and all of that,” Fletcher said.
There were two people in the Chevrolet when the crash occurred.
The passenger was reportedly breathing and was airlifted to Innova Fairfax Hosiptal.
Extraction took 40 minutes.
The driver of the Cruze was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the dump truck did receiver medical attention and was taken to a hospital with minor cuts and bruises.
Five different fire departments responded to the accident as well as authorities from 3 different states.
Courtney & Sons Towing of Harpers Ferry provided a tow vehicle that helped lift the dump truck off the passenger vehicle and towed both vehicles from the scene.