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Man Driving Farm Tractor Dies After Collision With Vehicle on Route 35 In Mason County

Reported: Apr. 2, 2014 11:44 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 6:26 PM EDT
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SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- A dangerous road turned deadly this morning, when a man on a farm tractor was hit by a car trying to pass several others at once on route 35.

"Driving way too fast, and they were passing in a no passing zone, and that is the direct cause of the fatality today," said West Virginia State Trooper Sgt. TS Mills.

The driver of the car was taken to a Huntington hospital, and traffic was backed up for miles while police cleaned up the accident.

"I left Charleston at 11:30, it's now 1:15," said Kathleen Kouki who was stuck in traffic.

The crash happened near the Putnam, Mason County border. People who frequently drive on this road say they'd like to see some changes to route 35.

"If we had four lanes probably would be nice for speed of travel, and maybe a little safer with all the tractor trailers that are on the road," said Paula Griffin who drives the road a few times a month.

Troopers shut down the road for several hours while they recreated the accident. Sgt. Mills says mapping it out will give officers a detailed computer drawing of the entire scene and hopefully help answer some questions. And figure out a way to make this stretch of road, safer.





SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. (Chris Williams, Jeff Morris) -- A man driving a farm tractor on Route 35 in Mason County died after his tractor was struck by a vehicle that had passed several other vehicles.

The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Southside area near Yauger Farm Supply. The driver of the car that struck the tractor was transported to a hospital in Huntington.

Route 35 is shut down as West Virginia State Police attempt to reconstruct the accident scene.




SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Route 35 remains shut down Wednesday afternoon after a collision earlier in the day involving a farm tractor and a vehicle, 911 said.

An emergency dispatcher said West Virginia State Police were at the scene doing a reconstruction of the accident.

Several people were injured in the wreck. Traffic is backed for miles.




SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Several people were injured and Route 35 in Mason County is shut down Wednesday in the Southside area after a collision between a farm tractor and a vehicle.

A 911 dispatcher said the accident happened about 11 a.m. near Yauger Farm Supply. The dispatcher said a couple of people were transported to the hospital by ambulances, and one person was flown to the hospital.

Multiple emergency crews have responded, including the Point Pleasant Fire Department, Mason County EMS, Mason County sheriff's deputies, West Virginia State Police and HealthNet.

Traffic on Route 35 is backed up for about five miles.

-- Photo Shows Traffic Backed Up On Old Route 35



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