Two Pickup Truck Accident on I-79 at Star City Exit in Morgantown

Four people were taken to the hospital following a two pickup-truck wreck on Interstate 79 on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
At about 3 p.m., emergency responders were called to the wreck near the Star City exit. Monongalia County Sheriff ’s Deputy J. Wilhelm said it appeared a newer model Chevy truck lost control and struck an older model Chevy truck.

The newer model was traveling southbound, Wilhelm said. It appeared the truck might have missed the exit ramp, Deputy J. Morgan said. The truck travelled across a grassy area before colliding with the older model truck on the on-ramp. The driver of the new model truck was ejected out of the passenger window during the wreck, Morgan said. Three people, including a 2-year-old, were in the older model truck. The severity of their injuries was unknown. Deputies on scene did not release names of those involved in the crash.

In addition to the sheriff ’s department, Mon EMS, Westover Police and the Star City Volunteer Fire Department assisted. Crews closed the on-ramp while they tended to the wreck.

Four people were transported to the hospital, including the female driver of one of the vehicles, who was ejected out the passenger-side window.

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Fatal Car Wreck on I-79

Police shut I- 79 southbound down to traffic for more than an hour and a half Sunday after a fatal two-vehicle accident at milepost 158.   A driver died instantly when the Mercedes he was driving was hit by a Chevrolet Tracker.  The driver of the Tracker had been traveling north on I-79 and had crossed the median and hit the Mercedes which was headed south.  The accident happened at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the top of the hill just south of the I-79 rest stop, according to the Dominion Post.  Those at the scene said a Chevrolet Tracker rolled, coming to rest in the right-hand lane lane.  The driver of the Tracker survived and was taken to the hospital by the Star City VFD ambulance.

The Tracker was destroyed; there was not that much damage visible on the Mercedes.  Witnesses near the scene of the crash say the area smelled like alcohol, and there were beer cans laying around the accident scene. But police didn’ t initially confirm whether or not either driver had been drinking, according to a news report from WDTV.  Now, DUI related charges are pending for the Tracker’s driver.

Traffic was backed up for hours while the northbound lane of I-79 was reduced to one lane at the scene of the accident, three miles north of the Star City exit.  Southbound traffic was backed up for about a mile and a half. One southbound lane was reopened at 9:35 p.m.  Pennsylvania State Police and a Mount Morris, Pa., fire truck blocked the I-79 southbound lane at the Mount Morris exit, detouring traffic onto U.S. 19 south.

Monongalia County Sheriff ’s deputies are handling the investigation. Assisting at the scene were Westover Police, West Virginia State Police, Star City Volunteer Fire Department and Monongalia EMS.

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