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West Virginia car accident demonstrates many dangers on the road

Driving across West Virginia can be a beautiful experience, especially now as the local trees begin to change colors into fall. With many drivers taking to the roads to witness the enchantment of nature, some may lose track of just what might be in front of them on the roads.

A serious four-car accident on Interstate 64 demonstrated just how many hazards a driver can find on local roadways. It appears that a vehicle hit Nitro/St. Albans Bridge and knocked a large steel rod off of the structure and into the interstate. That rod impacted with and affected a sport utility vehicle when the rod popped that vehicle's tires and knocked out its oil pan.

When the SUV's oil pan dislodged it spilled oil on to the road. A car and truck crashed as a result of the oil slick and a further fourth car crashed due to the presence of dangerous objects in the road

Miraculously no one was seriously injured though one person involved in the auto accident was taken to a local hospital. Despite the fantastic news that no lives were lost, many individuals suffered property damage as a result of this incident.

An accident investigation supports the conclusion that a metal beam in the road may have caused the chain of events discussed in this story. Though investigators have an idea of how it may have landed there the serious problems that it caused to the damaged sport utility vehicle strongly suggest that drivers avoid the objects that fall in their paths.

The freeway has now reopened and tourists and residents alike may continue to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Hopefully no one will lose track of the road for the sake of leaf watching or will suffer additional dangerous obstructions as a result of other people's negligence.

Source: WOWK 13 News, "Piece of steel blamed for multi-car accident on I-64 in Putnam County, WV," Brandon Millman and Lisa Robbins, Sep. 20, 2013

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