Man struck by car in Mercer County loses both legs

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — A Virginia Department of Transportation worker who was injured after a vehicle veered off the road and struck him on Interstate 77 in Bluefield Tuesday morning was identified on Wednesday.

Justin Dawson was helping a stranded motorist along Interstate 77 near the East River Mountain Tunnel when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Mark Musselman of Knoxville, Tennessee.  A West Virginia State Police spokesperson said Dawson had to have both of his legs amputated as a result of his injuries.

Musselman is charged with reckless driving, disregard of traffic control devices and failure to use due care when approaching emergency vehicles.

Dawson is recovering at Charleston Area Medical Center.

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