GLASGOW, WV – Two people were killed and two others critically injured Friday afternoon, October 1, in a head-on truck accident on a highway in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The deadly collision between a semi truck carrying coal and a pick-up truck occurred on U.S. Route 60 near the town of Glasgow, southeast of the state capital of Charleston. The truck accident area is in the west section of the state, about 194 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky and about 99 miles north of Bluefield, Virginia.
On Friday afternoon 58 year old truck driver Roger Fleshman of Beckley, WV was driving a 1997 International semi trailer truck east on U.S. Route 60 traveling through Kanawha County, West Virginia. The trailer section of the semi truck was carrying a load of coal. The semi truck is owned by Jeff Mining, Inc. which is based out of Rainelle, WV. It is not known where Mr. Fleshman was taking the cargo of coal.
At the same time 66 year old Mary Turner of Montgomery, WV was driving a blue Ford F150 pick-up truck westbound on U.S. Route 60 in the same county. There was one passenger in the cab, 55 year old Dorothy Runion, and two people riding in the bed of the of the pick-up truck, 71 year old Franklin Holden and 54 year old Joseph Runion.
The deadly truck accident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon as the semi trailer truck drove near the entrance to the Appalachian Power Plant in the town of Glasgow, WV. As the two vehicles approached each other from opposite directions one of the vehicles apparently crossed over the center dividing line and slammed into the other truck head-on.
The force of the truck accident damaged the front sections of both vehicles, trapping Ms. Turner and her front seat passenger in the crushed cab of the Ford pick-up. Both women were reportedly wearing seatbelts. The two men riding in bed of the pick-up were thrown out of the truck when the two vehicles collided.
Local emergency personnel and law officers rushed to the scene of the truck accident. They used tools to cut off the roof of the Ford pick-up so that they could reach the two women and extricate them from the mangled cab. The driver of the Ford, Ms. Turner, suffered fatal injuries and died. The passenger, Ms. Runion, was treated and stabilized at the scene and transported to Charleston Area Medical Center-General Hospital in Charleston.
EMTs also offered aid to the two men thrown from the pick-up. Mr. Holden was fatally injured in the truck accident and died. Mr. Runion was critically injured and taken to CAMC Hospital. As of Friday evening the two hospitalized victims of the truck accident were listed in critical condition.
The semi driver, Mr. Fleshman, was able to crawl out of his rig and received minor injures in the truck accident. He was also hospitalized.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police are investigating the deadly truck accident. At this time they are reconstructing the collision to determine which of the trucks crossed the center dividing line and caused the crash. At least one witness claims it was the pick-up truck that crossed over into the opposite lane but authorities have not yet released their findings to the public.
No charges have been brought at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.
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