CHARLESTON, WV – Two West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) plow drivers were injured in separate accidents Monday morning while treating icy roads.
Just before 5 A.M. Monday in Taylor County, a plow rolled over on US 250 S near US 50 at mile marker 9.3 while a driver was spot treating the road for weather. The driver sustained an injury and was transported to a local hospital.
In Wood County at 6:36 A.M., two vehicles slid into a WVDOH plow truck on I-77. The driver of the plow sustained injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The accident occurred at mile marker 158 near Beatysville in the northbound lanes. The driver was treating the interstate for icy conditions.
The northbound lanes of I-77 in that area have been reopened since the incident.
The WVDOH wants to remind drivers of safety tips after both of these accidents while sharing the road with plow trucks:
- Slow down when following a snowplow.
- Don’t follow too closely. If you can’t see the snowplow’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you.
- If a snowplow is spreading material, keep well back. Bouncing salt or other ice control material can damage your vehicle.
- If you have to pass a snowplow, make sure the driver can see you. If a plow is approaching from the other direction, move as far to the right as is safe.
- In snow and ice, stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you have to drive, leave early, drive slowly, and keep your headlights on at all times.For the latest updates and information on travel conditions throughout West Virginia, visit wv.511.org