Troopers investigate fatal accident on the West Virginia Turnpike

Mercer County
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9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 UPDATE:  Troopers with the West Virginia Turnpike Detachment announced that an early morning accident was fatal.  The driver of a tractor-trailer lost control and went over an emabankment at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday.

The driver of the truck, Thomas Sasser, 46, of Hopewell, Ohio was killed in the crash.  There was a passenger in the truck as well.  That person is in stable condition.  

Troopers said clean up efforts are currently under way, but they have been delayed due to the weather.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two people are recoving in the hospital Thursday morning after a tractor trailer accident on I-77. 

According to dispatchers, the call came in just after 1a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019. The accident happened near mile marker 21.

Dispatchers said a tractor trailer traveling in the northbound lanes crossed the median and wrecked over the hill near Camp Creek State Park. Two people suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.

State police, Princeton Rescue Squad, and Bluestone Valley Fire Department responded to the scene.

Stay with 59 News as we continue to follow this developing story. 

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