New Details: Truck hauling cars hits powerline in Beckley

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The investigation into a truck fire in Beckley reveals new details. Beckley Police said a truck hauling junk cars hit a powerline while traveling along Robert C. Byrd Drive.

The truck turned onto South Oakwood Ave., pulling down the power pole. The wire set the cars in the trailer on fire. Of those one fell out of the trailer while it was on fire.

There were no injuries. The tractor hauling the trailer was pulled away, leaving the trailer on S. Oakwood Ave.

Investigators said there are no charges being filed. Power in the area was still out at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The road was also still closed. There is no word on when it will reopen.


ORIGINAL STORY: Crews are on the scene of a truck fire in Beckley, WV. It happened on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at around 1 p.m.

Chief Eddie Wills with the Beckley Fire Department told 59News a powerline fell on Robert C. Byrd Drive. Two vehicles were set on fire as a result. South Oakwood Ave. is closed to traffic as is part of Robert C. Byrd Drive.

There are no injuries reported at this time. There is no word on what caused the powerline to fall. Beckley Firefighters, Beckley Police and AEP crews are all on the scene.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area and find alternate routes to their destinations. They are also asked to follow police guidance until the scene is cleared.

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