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Fatal truck accident occurs in Kanawha County

During this time of the year, the cold weather in the Charleston area can produce snow, sleet and ice, none of which are good for driving. People who live in the area should be accustomed to inclement driving conditions during the winter months, but that is not always the case. Furthermore, others who do not live in the area may also have difficulties driving when the roadways get slick from the cold and precipitation.

Recently, a fatal accident occurred in Kanawha County. The accident occurred on Interstate 77 when the trucker lost control of his 18-wheeler. The truck was heading northbound but crossed the median into the southbound lanes, and slammed into an oncoming car.

The head-on collision killed the driver of the car that was traveling southbound. One other person was in the car and was also injured; emergency responders took the second injured accident victim to the hospital, but the extent of that person's injuries were not immediately available. Sheriff's deputies were on the scene and had to close the southbound lanes of I-77 for roughly eight hours. Investigators were collecting evidence at the scene, and they asked other drivers to slow down on the wet roads.

Driving at a speed that exceeds the speed limit is never a good idea, no matter the road conditions. When the roads are wet, however, drivers may need to slow down to a speed that is below the speed limit to drive safely. This is especially true for semi-trucks, which are large and very heavy vehicles that can be extremely difficult to stop on wet roads. This accident is a tragic reminder that truckers, as well as all other drivers, should take care as West Virginia's roads get cold and wet throughout this winter season.

Source: WOWKTV.com, "One dead after crash on I-77," Nov. 19, 2015

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