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Emergency Officials Respond To Rash of Wrecks, Weather-Related Issues
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 30, 2012 9:58 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Emergency officials were busy responding to a flurry of accidents and other weather-related incidents after a winter storm created hazardous conditions in the area.
Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office issued a news release at about 10:45 a.m. and said there had been a huge surge of accidents in the past hour; many of those accidents had injuries. He urged motorists to stay off the roads unless their travel was absolutely necessary.
Kanawha Metro 911 had answered 1,661 calls since 2 a.m. Tuesday when the snow event began, County Manager Jennifer Sayre said. Metro had dispatched 1,244 calls during the same period. The calls included 31 accidents with injuries, 60 accidents with no injuries, 58 power lines down and 45 trees down. The peak time for calls occurred from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
On Route 21 in Sissonville, two large trees struck a pickup truck, and the vehicle went into a creek. Deputies say Joshua D. Pennington, 35, Kenna the driver of that vehicle appeared to have a serious head injury and had to be cut out of the truck. The passenger , 34-year-old Sara Miller of Charleston, did not appear to be injured. The accident occurred two miles north of where Edens Fork goes into Route 21.
A KRT bus and a mini van collided in South Charleston on MacCorkle Avenue near the Interstate 64 ramp. Investigators say the driver of the mini van couldn't stop in time, and the mini van ran into the side of the bus. A couple was taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, a multi-vehicle accident shut down Washington Street West and Dutch Hollow Road in Dunbar, the spokesman said.
On Interstate 77 North near Tuppers Creek, an accident left only one lane open. Further details about that wreck were unavailable.
Traffic lights also were reported out on Corridor G. The spokesman said traffic lights were out at Oakwood and Terry roads, and the intersections were being monitored by police.
Several area roads were blocked by trees, the Emergency Operations Center said. In the Sissonville area, a tree was blocking the road at Viewmont Avenue and Summit Drive. Route 60 at Browns Creek west of St. Albans also was blocked by a tree.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for further updates.
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