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Driver avoids water after truck nearly goes in creek

July 22, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The driver of a pickup truck escaped injury Thursday afternoon when his truck ran off Grapevine Road and over an embankment, coming to rest several feet above the muddy Opequon Creek.

The accident happened at around 2 p.m. as a heavy rain shower passed quickly over the area.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Parrish said the driver lost control of his Ford truck while trying to avoid a car that was in his lane.

The driver said he was heading south on the road when another car came around a turn and was across the center line in the wrong lane.

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The pickup truck driver swerved to his right to avoid hitting the car head-on, then fishtailed on the wet road, crossed both lanes of the road and went over the embankment, Parrish said.

When Parrish arrived, the driver of the pickup truck was sitting on the ground behind his truck. He limped when passers-by helped him to his feet, but said he was not hurt and did not want medical treatment.

The accident happened on an S-curve near the entrance to Grapevine Village, a mobile home community. The curve has been the site of other wrecks, and Parrish said he was not surprised a car crossed the center line there.

Witnesses stopped and confirmed the driver's version of the wreck, adding that the other car speeded off in a hurry.

No charges would be filed against the pickup truck driver, since the only property damaged was his own, Parrish said.

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