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Three-vehicle accident on W.Va. 45 snarls traffic

October 11, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

BLAIRTON, W.Va. -Nobody was injured when a dump truck ran off the road and overturned Thursday morning on W.Va. 45 east of Martinsburg, although three vehicles were damaged.

The accident happened around 8:20 a.m. when a Toyota driven by Roya Malott, 43, of Falling Waters, W.Va., stopped on W.Va. 45 before the Opequon Creek bridge, waiting to turn left onto Blairton Road, said West Virginia State Trooper J.D. Burkhart.

Behind her, Ronald Brown, 39, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., who was driving a Ford van, also stopped.

Steven Judge, 34, of Hagerstown, was driving in the same direction and saw the van, but was unable to stop in time, Burkhart said. Judge pulled over to the right to avoid hitting the van, causing his empty dump truck to overturn. Judge was hauling a John Deere tractor on a trailer.

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After overturning, the trailer hit the rear of the van, which forced the van to rear-end Malott's Toyota, Burkhart said. Both the van and the car sustained minor damage, and were able to be driven away from the wreck site, he added.

Burkhart charged Judge with failure to maintain control. The roads were wet at the time of the accident, Burkhart said.

Traffic in both directions was stopped intermittently for about two hours until a wrecker towed away the dump truck.

Nobody was taken to the hospital, Burkhart said, although Brown complained of a sore back.

The tractor Judge was hauling sustained either minor or no damage, Burkhart said.

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