Vehicle crushed by beam

Truck knocked beam loose, man flown to hospital

POWHATAN POINT — One person was flown to a hospital by medical helicopter Monday morning after their vehicle was struck by a bridge beam knocked loose by an oversized truck.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian McFarland said a truck hauling an oversize load was traveling north on Ohio 7 Monday morning and collided with a bridge that spans the highway. He said the truck was over the height limit for vehicles that are able to pass beneath the bridge.

According to McFarland, a southbound car was stopped at a traffic light adjacent to the bridge, where the highway is currently reduced to one lane. When the truck struck the bridge, it dislodged a bridge beam that then fell on the southbound car.

Several police, fire and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, including the patrol as well as Powhatan Point and Shadyside police officers. The road was closed for several hours while officers investigated the accident, and Powhatan police rerouted traffic through the village.

McFarland said one person traveling in the car was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. They were taken to that facility by a medical helicopter, having sustained serious injuries in the incident.


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