The Times West Virginian

May 14, 2013

Hole in pavement contributes to another accident, snarls traffic

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — For the second time since Thursday night, an accident shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 79 near mile marker 139 at the Pricketts Fort/Bunner Ridge exit.

And again it involved a large hole in the pavement.

A Ford Mustang collided with a tractor-trailer at around 3:25 p.m. Monday, shutting down both northbound lanes, said Cpl. Mike Boyle of the West Virginia State Police, Fairmont Detachment.

Brian Leonard, 45, of Grove City, Pa., was driving the Mustang. Lonnie Hughes of Smithfield, Pa., was driving for AP Trucking out of Morgantown, Boyle said.

The right lane was closed while repairs are being made on the hole in the roadway.

“Both were traveling north. The semi was in the left lane and the Mustang was in the right.”

If you’ve ever been in this situation, you know what’s coming next.

“The Mustang tried to beat the truck as it came around the construction area,” Boyle said. “It tried to cut in front and didn’t make it in time. It ran out of road before the barrels.”


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