Man hit by truck taken to Charleston hospital
PARKERSBURG – A man who was hit by a dump truck Tuesday afternoon while attempting to cross Murdoch Avenue was flown by medical helicopter to a Charleston hospital.
The incident occurred around the CVS Pharmacy, 2323 Murdoch Ave., at around 3 p.m.
Initial calls from the scene over the police scanner said the pedestrian was not doing well and was having trouble breathing. Later, the Camden Clark Medical Center was alerted and told to prepare for a trauma case, radio reports said.
Detective John Corbitt of the Parkersburg Police Department and the Wood County Crash Team said the dump truck was in the right hand heading north when the pedestrian was crossing Murdoch heading east.
Corbitt said there was not enough time for the driver to react.
The names of the driver and the pedestrian were not being released Tuesday, pending notification of the pedestrian’s family who had not been found as of Tuesday evening.
”The incident is still under investigation,” Corbitt said.
Corbitt said the names could be released sometime today.
The dump truck had markings of “J.B. Bosley Construction.”
Corbitt said the dump truck was involved in an earth-moving project being done in the north end of town.
Traffic along Murdoch Avenue was reduced to one lane. Motorists attempted to bypass the closed-off section and many side streets were experiencing congestion, especially along 19th Street and around Parkersburg High School as students were leaving at the end of the school day.
The driver of the dump truck had not been cited as of Tuesday evening, Corbitt said. Whether citations will be issued has not been determined, he added.
Traffic along Murdoch Avenue returned to normal around 5 p.m., police reported.