By Jessica Farrish
Two people were transported to Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital early Wednesday when their tractor-trailer caught fire after it skidded off the road and down an embankment, Summers officials reported.
According to Summers Emergency Medical Services paramedic Dan Mulhearn, the incident happened around 3 a.m. when the driver hit a “very large deer” that ran in front of the vehicle.
“He hit it and hit the breaks and skidded off the road,” said Mulhearn. “The truck burst into flames and ended up in the creek.
“Luckily, no one was seriously injured.”
The vehicle slid down an embankment for around 150 feet.
Mulhearn said the driver and co-driver, who had been in the sleeper, were both transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The incident happened around Mile Marker 144. Units from Sandstone Fire Department, West Virginia State Police, Summers Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Transportation responded.
Crews were still working at 11 a.m., but travel on Interstate 64 was not hindered at all by the crash, Summers dispatchers reported.