Storm, accident keep officials busy

MINERAL WELLS – A storm Wednesday night apparently caused the most damage in the Mineral Wells area.

According to dispatchers at the Wood County Central Telecommunications Center, trees and power lines were knocked down by strong winds on Society Hill Road, Turkey Foot Road, Tracewell Road, Maple Shade Court and other scattered areas in Mineral Wells.

Officials said most of the reports from Tracewell and Turkey Foot involved trees tangled with power lines.

Jay Parsons, Mineral Wells fire chief, said two large pine trees fell in the area of Turkey Foot Road and homes were affected by the winds from the storm. He said the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department responded to four calls before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Parsons said all of the calls involved removing tree limbs from the roadway.

Parsons said roofs of homes in the area of Turkey Foot Road were damaged by the strong winds.

According to First Energy, there were 4,764 customers without electricity in Wood County Wednesday night and 3,414 in Wirt County, fewer than 1,000 in Jackson and Roane counties, fewer than 100 customers in Calhoun, Gilmer and Ritchie counties and fewer than 10 in Pleasants and Doddridge counties without power.

In an unrelated incident occurring around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a tractor-trailer struck the drive-thru of WesBanco in Mineral Wells along West Virginia 14, causing it to collapse.

Wood County sheriff’s deputy Mike Cochran said the building was damaged when the truck driver cut a corner too sharply and clipped the end of the building. A representative with WesBanco was called to the scene, officials said.

Parsons said firefighters initially thought the collapse of the drive-thru was related to the storm.