EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSState Police Recover Body From Vehicle That Plunged Into Creek
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 16, 2013 2:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 9:14 AM EDT
Silverton , Jackson County , West Virginia
A disturbing find in Jackson County, after a homeowner comes across a truck, wrecked in a creek. Inside the truck, emergency responders found the driver's decomposing body. Police believe the truck had been submerged in Sand Creek for three or four days.
It was in an area of Silverton, out of sight, and only discovered when a nearby homeowner went back along the creek to check on some fox traps.
State police say it appears to be an accident, that went unnoticed. Police say the truck came from Interstate 77 southbound, flying off the interstate, going between two bridges near the Silverton exit, landing in the creek below.
"He traveled little over 300-feet through the median, then it ramps up a little bit before the bridges which put him air-born. He traveled 130 feet in the air, dropping 50 to 60 feet, hitting nose first into some rocks and then flipping end over end into the creek," Sgt. J.P. Murphy with the West Virginia State police said.
The 57-year-old driver died on impact, according to police. They don't know what caused the accident.
They say he has few family members in the area, who wouldn't have realized he was missing, so no missing persons report was filed.
It took responders several hours to remove the body and truck from the creek.
State Police said they have recovered the body of a 57-year-old man from a truck that plunged off Interstate 77 in Jackson County and landed in a creek.
The body was found in a pickup truck that was discovered in a creek behind the Dairy Queen near the Silverton exit. State Police believe the vehicle had been there three or four days. The name of the man has not been released, pending notification of his family.
State Police said they believe the truck was traveling on I-77 south when the driver tried to stop, leaving 300 feet of skidmarks in the median. The driver was unable to stop in time and his vehicle hit an embankment before a bridge and then went airborne. State Police believe the vehicle traveled 130 in the air and went off the interstate between the northbound and southbound bridges, landing in a creek.
A homeowner checking his fox traps in a secluded area found the vehicle nearly submerged in a creek. State Police recovered the body from the vehicle, and were in the process of removing the truck from the creek.
State Police and emergency officials were trying to recover a body in a vehicle from a creek in Jackson County.
A State Police spokeswoman said the vehicle was found about 1:30 p.m. in the water right off the Silverton exit of Interstate 77 behind the Dairy Queen. The spokeswoman said she could not say whether anyone was in the vehicle, but another police source confirmed there is a body being recovered.
Fire department and other emergency officials also were at the scene. Stay tuned for updates on this story.
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