EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDriver Said Lucky To Be Alive After Steel Coil Pierces Cab Of Semi
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Reported: Aug. 15, 2013 8:25 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 15, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
Marmet , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Emergency crews said a driver was lucky to be alive after a tractor-trailer rolled over on Interstate 77 southbound near Marmet Thursday morning and a 46,000-pound coil of steel pierced the cab of the vehicle.
Michael Ross was driving his tractor trailer north on I-77 when he saw the crash happen.
"He was coming around the curve there and someone just cut in front of him and he tried to swerve and miss it and went over," Ross said. "Another truck driver's hurt. I saw everything, so as soon as I could stop I got him out.".
Ross ran across the interstate to help a fellow trucker and was shocked by what he saw. The driver was hauling a 46,000-pound steel roll on the bed, but now it sat in front of the truck.
"When he flipped over, the steel broke loose and went through the cab of the truck," said Charleston Fire Department Capt. Leland Brown.
Ross said he couldn't believe it.
"That's 46,000 pounds and went right over his head," Ross said. "So yeah, he's very lucky. God was definitely with him on this one."
The driver only suffered some minor cuts but was taken to the hospital. He has a strong message for other drivers: to please be careful around tractor-trailers. Ross said the same thing. "People just don't pay attention," he said. "They think that a truck can do whatever a car can do and they can't."
Emergency crews are just thankful this crash didn't end up any worse.
Brown said the driver was very fortunate.
"Like I say, he should play the lottery. Very lucky man," Brown said.
Both southbound lanes were initially closed when the accident happened about 8:15 a.m., but the slow lane was reopened, a dispatcher said. Traffic was backed up for a mile south of MacCorkle Avenue as emergency crews worked to clean up the accident.
West Virginia State Police and the Charleston Fire Department were at the scene of the wreck.
A tractor-trailer reportedly rolled over on a portion of I-77 in Kanawha County early Thursday.
The accident happened about 8:20 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate near Marmet, 911 dispatchers said.
It's not known whether anyone has been injured. Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Keep checking wchstv.com for updates.
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