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Overturned truck blocks traffic on U.S. 50

The Cairo Fire Department responded to a truck overturned along U.S. 50 Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported. (Photo Provided)

CAIRO — A tractor trailer box truck was overturned early Tuesday morning which blocked the entire westbound and partial eastbound lane along U.S. 50 at Myers Fork in Ritchie County.

According to Cairo Fire Chief Zach Foster, the call came in at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and when the department arrived on the scene, the driver was out of the vehicle but only sustained minor injuries.

The truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident and it is under investigation by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Foster compared that section of U.S. 50 to the Bermuda Triangle because of how often truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel, however, the cause of this incident is unknown.

“That usually seems to be the case. Once they get around our area, most of them fall asleep,” he said.

It took about six hours for the vehicle to be removed from the scene and the Department of Highways directed traffic in the meantime. The truck was carrying beef and pork and Foster said his crew worked to unload the cargo before it could be towed away.

“Any type of cargo like that is immediately discarded. Any time anything is in a wreck like that, it can’t be used and can’t be sold,” Foster said.

Along with the truck incident, the fire department responded to two additional calls Tuesday morning.

“Altogether in Ritchie County there were 15 (calls) that our ambulance responded to along with what we had,” Foster said.

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