Truck driver dies in wreck

PARKERSBURG – A Lumberport, W.Va., man was killed Tuesday morning in an accident along U.S. 50 in Wood County.

At around 7:30 a.m., the Wood County Sheriff’s Department responded to the two-vehicle accident at U.S. 50 and W.Va. 31 east of Parkersburg, said Deputy Mike Deem.

A 1996 Buick station wagon driven by Beverly Ann Mace, 24, Waverly, was traveling on W.Va. 31 and was crossing the westbound lane of U.S. 50 when she crossed in front of a 2007 Kenworth brine truck driven by Ross Martin, 46, of Lumberport, W.Va., Deem said.

The brine truck was registered to Taylor Trucking of Buckhannon, W.Va.

Deem said Martin tried to avoid the station wagon, but his back axle went across the front of the vehicle.

As a result, Martin lost control, went off the right side of the road, down an embankment, rolled a number of times and hit several trees, Deem said.

”The driver did not survive,” Deem said.

Martin remained trapped in the vehicle until emergency crews could reach him.

Mace and a girl were taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, Deem said. A hospital spokesman said Mace was treated and released.

Information was unavailable on the juvenile.

In addition to the sheriff’s department, the Deerwalk Volunteer Fire Department, Camden Clark Ambulance Service, the state highway department and the state Department of Environmental Protection responded.

The westbound lanes of U.S. 50 were blocked for a couple of hours. Traffic was rerouted to W.Va. 31 and then to W.Va. 2. All lanes of traffic were open by 3:30 p.m., officials said.

Citations have not been issued, Deem said. The investigation was still ongoing Tuesday evening.