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Tractor-trailer crash closes W.Va. 9 for more than 4 hours

May 10, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A tractor-trailer hauling mulch and topsoil overturned Friday morning along W.Va. 9 east of Charles Town, closing a mountainous section of the busy highway that leads to Loudoun County, Va., for more than four hours, police said.

The driver, Jason Butler of Fredericksburg, Va., was treated for minor injuries at Jefferson Memorial Hospital after emergency officials freed him from the tractor cab, according to a news release from West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

The 1996 Freightliner owned by GCS Trucking Services was on the way to make a delivery at Home Depot in Ranson, W.Va., when it overturned near Hostler Road. State Police Trooper M.J. Glende responded to the accident at 6:50 a.m., according to Burnett.

Glende found the tractor in a roadside ditch and the trailer blocking the highway, Burnett said.

Butler told police the accident occurred because of road conditions as he slowed down to go into a turn. He believed the weight of his load caused the truck to overturn and slide down the roadway, go into the ditch and strike the embankment where it came to rest, Burnett said.

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Cleanup of the truck's spilled load was handled by state Division of Highways personnel, and W.Va. 9 traffic had to be rerouted for about 4 1/2 hours, Burnett said. Emergency officials advised travelers to take U.S. 340 to Va. 671 to avoid the accident site, which closed W.Va. 9 from Bloomery Road to the Loudoun County line, according to emergency officials.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement personnel assisted State Police with rerouting traffic.

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