Tractor Trailer Driver Injures Man on West Virginia Turnpike

From the Beckley Register-Herald:

Accident sends one to Charleston hospital

Bill Billeter
Register-Herald Reporter

One person was transported by HealthNet helicopter to Charleston Area Medical Center Monday evening after the car he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer on the West Virginia Turnpike near Mabscott, authorities said.

The accident occurred in the northbound lanes about 8 p.m. when the tractor-trailer changed lanes and struck the car, State Police Cpl. J.L. Folks said. The car ended up underneath the trailer and caught on the trailer’s axle when the vehicles stopped in the right lane.

The driver of the car, Christopher L. Foster, 23, of Harper, sustained only minor injuries. A passenger in the car, Robert Cole, 22, was trapped and sustained internal injuries. Once Cole was freed from the vehicle, authorities closed the turnpike to allow HealthNet to land.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Virgil W. McKee, 50, of Maysville, Ky., was cited for improper lane change. The tractor-trailer is owned by TCI Logistics of North Carolina.

Note: Anyone who dares to venture onto the West Virginia Turnpike is lucky to get off of it alive with all of the reckless tractor trailer drivers that either live in or pass through our state. I have heard driving on the Turnpike in West Virginia described as “trugging.” You repeatedly keep having to pass an extremely slow-driving tractor trailer on the way up a hill only to have that same truck come barreling at you on the way down the hill – then the process repeats itself over and over again. You can never get away from these reckless tractor-trailers. These drivers have no qualms about tailgating a small car with a “baby on board” sign in the rear window. I know because I have one in my rear window and it happens to me all the time. The light at the end of the tunnel is that usually the tractor trailer companies are very well insured and the victim has an opportunity at getting the compensation they deserve. – John H. Bryan, West Virginia car accident attorney.

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