Early morning ice causes accidents Tuesday

Freezing temperatures early Tuesday morning turned wet spots on roadways into ice, causing several accidents before dawn.

A logging truck jack knifed on the Hancock bridge on Tuesday, January 8.
photo courtesy of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Company

The Hancock bridge was shut down for several hours on January 8 after a tractor-trailer jack knifed on the two-lane bridge. Hancock Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Ben Hoopengardner said that the 911 about the tractor-trailer accident came in around 4 a.m. Hancock fire officials said the logging truck’s side saddle fuel tank ruptured in the crash, spilling some diesel fuel on the bridge.

Responders contained the duel and a Hazmat unit from the Department of Emergency Services responded and pumped out remaining diesel from the truck’s tanks. The Maryland State Police is investigating the accident, which was caused by road conditions. No charges were filed against the driver and only a minor injury was reported, said police.

Slick roads also resulted in a vehicle crash along Cacapon Road near the Panorama Overlook on Tuesday morning.

Morgan County 911 Acting Director Sarah Hogbin said that a call came in for a single vehicle accident near Panorama at 5:11 a.m. where a one person was transported to the hospital for unknown injuries. The vehicle went over an embankment that was before Panorama coming from Berkeley Springs and landed on its roof. West Virginia State Police responded to the accident.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department also responded to a single vehicle accident in the 17000 block of Cacapon Road near Stoney Creek Store caused by Largent Bridge being icy.

The vehicle involved struck a house at the corner of Hounddog Lane. The vehicle was totaled by no one was in the house at the time of the crash.

There were reports of black ice on roadways throughout the region

on Tuesday morning.