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Rig crashes off I-81

driver dead

January 03, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A driver of a tractor-trailer hauling vehicles on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County was found dead Monday night after his truck went over an embankment and landed in a creek, according to West Virginia State Police.

A co-worker who was following the truck said the rig, which was heading north on the interstate, went left and through a barrier cable in the median. The truck then continued north in the southbound lane before going over a hill and down into the creek, the co-worker said.

The accident occurred at the King Street exit (exit 13) of the interstate.

Trooper J.D. Burkhart said the driver, who looked to be in his 80s, might have suffered a medical condition that contributed to the accident. Burkhart said the man suffered few visible injuries.

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As of 10 p.m., the man still was in the cab of his truck. An ambulance crew was working near the cab of the truck.

Burkhart said crews might have to wait until this morning to pull the truck out of the creek.

Burkhart did not release the name of the driver because his next of kin had not been notified.

Burkhart said while he was working at the scene, a woman driving by sideswiped his vehicle. He was not in his car and was not injured.

Troopers kept the southbound lanes partially open while they investigated the accident.

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