EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBUFFALO BRIDGE ACCIDENT
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Residents Fear More U.S. 35 Truck Crashes
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Wes Armstead
Reported: Sep. 7, 2012 8:29 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 7, 2012 6:19 PM EDT
Buffalo , Putnam County , West Virginia
Some older residents living near the Buffalo Bridge now try to avoid the point where traffic merges from four to two lanes on U.S. 35 north. They are afraid they will be caught up in something like the wreck that happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday.
A tractor-trailer skidded and rolled. Firefighters struggled for more than an hour to free the injured woman driver from the overturned truck.
People living nearby say the corner for the bridge at the two-lane choke point has become a trouble spot. They argue it is another reason why U.S. 35 should all be four lanes.
The state is aware there is a problem with unfamiliar drivers making the transition to two lanes down a steep hill, into curves where some need to turn across the bridge. Highway officials say they may conduct a study to see if anything can be done, but add their options are limited. Signs warn drivers to slow.
Plans for a toll road were rejected in Mason County leaving the eight-mile, two-lane section through Mason and Putnam counties.
Deputies said it appeared speed caused this accident. They have not identified the driver or the extent of her injuries.
The driver of the box truck that overturned on the Buffalo Bridge Friday was being transported to the hospital at 9:40 a.m.
Route 35 is open at this time, but traffic is moving slow in the area as the Buffalo Bridge remains closed. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.
The woman driving an box truck that overturned early Friday morning remains trapped inside the vehicle at about 9:20 a.m. Dispatchers say the accident happened on the Buffalo Bridge about 8 a.m.
Route 35 is open at this time, but the Buffalo Bridge remains closed. Eyewitness News has a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.
A semi-box truck has overturned in Putnam County, making for major traffic delays Friday morning.
Dispatchers say it happened about 8 a.m. on the Buffalo Bridge.
It's not clear whether or not anyone was hurt, but motorists are asked to avoid the area while crews clear the scene. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.
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