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Repairs made to Turnpike tollbooths after Friday unsuccessful squeeze attempt

CHELYAN, W.Va. — Traffic was back to normal on the West Virginia Turnpike for weekend motorists after a Friday accident damaged a pair of tollbooths.

A big truck with a wide load headed south failed to squeeze through one of the more narrow lanes at the Chelyan toll plaza in Kanawha County and upended two booths.

Turnpike officials said a toll collector suffered minor injuries and had to go to the hospital.

“The far right lane in any toll plaza is the oversized truck lane,” Jeff Miller, executive director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority said in a news release. “This driver attempted to use the second lane, thinking their load would fit, and ended up hitting the toll booth in the far right lane.”

The accident happened southbound at around 7 a.m. Friday. The lane reopened by 10 a.m.

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