WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Williamson Fire Department (WFD) responded to a two vehicle collision at the busy intersection of U.S. 119 and U.S. 52 near West End shortly after 1:10 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
According to Lt. Garrett Gregory with WFD, the trucks were following each other, the front truck attempted to stop for a red light, and the truck behind was unable to stop.
George McCoy of Huntington, W.Va. was driving the front truck and stated, “when he saw the second truck would not be able to stop he made a right turn hoping to avoid a rear end collision.”
The driver of the second truck, John Smith of Crum, W.Va. struck the first truck in the side.
The impact caused the second truck to pivot. Diesel fuel spilled from the front truck on old U.S. 52.
Duba’s Wrecker Service was called to set the truck back on all its wheels to prevent it from overturning.
Neither driver was injured.
Doug Goolsby, interim Director of Mingo County Emergency Management said the West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) was called to the scene bringing sand to help absorb the fuel on the highway.
In addition to Goolsby, WFD and WVDOH, also on scene was STAT EMS, Williamson Police Department, Veolia Water, Duba’s Wrecker Service and Gaylock Wrecker Service.
Both trucks were owned by LT Lusher Trucking.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] of 304-235-4242 ext 2278.