Multiple crashes send three to hospital

PARKERSBURG – Weather was a factor in at least one traffic accident across the Mid-Ohio Valley Monday night, officials said.

A single-vehicle tractor-trailer accident occurred on Interstate 77 near the 181 milemarker, about three miles north of the Emerson Avenue exit, around 7 p.m. Monday in Wood County.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Matthew Groskopf of Clarksville, Tenn., was traveling northbound on I-77 when Groskopf over-corrected and the trailer skidded into the left southbound lane while riding down the grassy median, police said.

Officials said Groskopf was not injured during the accident.

According to Trooper C.S. Jackson with the West Virginia State Police, the tractor-trailer contained about 4,000 pounds of an unknown type of foam. Jackson said Groskopf felt the trailer starting to slide to one side and attempted to compensate, losing control.

During the wreck, police said, the trailer’s left fuel cell ruptured, spilling an undetermined amount of diesel fuel into the roadway.

Jackson said the accident was weather-related. Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash.

The interstate was closed to allow for HAZMAT crews to clean up the northbound and southbound lanes, officials said. At 10:30 p.m. Monday, one southbound lane remained closed.

Parkersburg police and fire units responded to several accidents Monday, including a single-vehicle accident off Lakeview Drive.

Officials said the pickup truck landed on its top near 3803 Parkview Drive. The driver lost control causing the vehicle to flip, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Parkersburg Police and Fire departments responded to a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of 19th and Oak streets around 9 p.m. Monday. The intersection was closed for about 45 minutes as crews cleared the roadway and transported three patients.

Capt. Brian Drake with the Parkersburg Fire Department said the head-on collision involved three vehicles. A 2006 Nissan Altima driven by Kristen Gaftan, 23, Williamstown, was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado truck driven by Vincent Plummer, 49, Parkersburg, traveling toward Parkersburg City Park, police said. Gaftan and passenger, Denae Beavers, 24, were transported to Camden Clark Medical Center with minor injuries. Police said Plummer was issued a citation for DUI and failure to maintain control.

Officials said before striking the Nissan, the driver of the pickup hit a parked Buick Century and caused damage to a retaining wall in front of 1601 19th St.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron Hart after a domestic disturbance near Whispering Pines Court around 6 p.m. Monday.

Hart was arrested on a felony warrant for burglary, police said. He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on a $10,000 surety bond.

Drake said fire crews were busy Monday morning.

Crews responded to Captain D’s, 2201 Pike St., around 8:30 a.m. Monday for a fire in the kitchen with smoke showing. The fire was contained within five to 10 minutes, he said.

The damage to the kitchen was estimated at $10,000, officials said.

A second fire took place around noon at 600 29th St. and was contained to the stove. The homeowner, Gene Milligan, estimated less than $1,000 in damages, firefighters said.

No injuries were reported during either fire, said Parkersburg fire Chief Eric Taylor.