West Virginia State Police need your help tracking down a hit and run driver responsible for a wreck along the south bound lanes of I-77 in Mercer County.
It happened just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The tractor trailer was carrying 52 cows on board. Several did not make it out alive.
“I’m just thankful that no one was injured” Tom Wilt said. Wilt was was behind the wheel of the trailer. He was was headed from Lexington Virginia to Lexington Kentucky when an erratic driver came his way.”The guy force me out off the road and I took evasive action to miss him and this is the result” he said.
Wilt also owns the truck and said the driver responsible has robbed him of his livelihood. He and his wife have been preparing financially to send their two daughters off to college. This wreck has now caused them a setback. “It’s my truck and trailer this is how I support my family it’s not a good feeling” he said.
After the wreck, crews shut down traffic in both directions. Handlers and the East River Volunteer Fire Department were called in. The crews attached gates to the tractor trailer and escorted roughly 30 of the cows into awaiting trailers, according to Senior Trooper Lamont Lee with the West Virginia State Police.
“We got the trailers set up and we’re just trying to be as cautious as we can”, Lee said.
However, not all of the cows made it out alive. According to police about five of them died in the accident, and more had to be put down because they were trapped in the trailer.
Police are still searching for the driver who caused this accident. The vehicle they’re looking for is a grey car with New York license plates. If you have any information, your encouraged to call state police.