The Times West Virginian

September 25, 2013

One hurt in I-79 accident

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A multiple-vehicle accident Monday night on Interstate 79 totaled three cars and sent one person to Fairmont General Hospital.

The accident, toned in to Central Communications at 9:12 p.m., occurred just north of the 132 exit ramp, said Marion County sheriff’s deputy Tony Veltri.

It involved three passenger vehicles and a tractor trailer. The 18-wheeler was used to haul sand but was empty at the time, he said.

“It happened on the bridge that crosses the Tygart River, but it did not appear that anyone was in danger of going into the river,” he said.

All three passenger vehicles were “probably totaled,” he said. The tractor trailer was also damaged. All vehicles were towed from the scene.

The driver of one of the passenger cars was cited for failure to maintain control, he said.

One person was taken to Fairmont General Hospital by Marion County Rescue Squad.

“All others signed off. They were not medically treated,” Veltri said.

The northbound lane was closed for about an hour and a half, he said, but reopened by 11 p.m.

Veltri said all drivers should be more cautious when driving at night this time of year.

“It’s starting to get foggy out at night,” he said. “So slow down and try to pay more attention to everything that’s going on around you.

“And deer will start moving around more. They’re getting closer to rut, so you’ll see more vehicles hit deer now. Plus, hunting season starts this weekend.

“We don’t like to work wrecks,” he said.

The incident is still under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

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