Tractor trailer struck power pole on Saturday

No injuries were reported after a tractor trailer struck a power pole on Saturday, October 5 on South Washington Street (U.S. 522) near the BB&T Bank.

According to the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company, the crash happened around 9:30 p.m.

A Western Express tractor trailer struck a utility pole in front of BB&T on Saturday, October 5.
photo by Tim Ziegler

The trailer was partially on the sidewalk and partially in the northbound travel lane with a sheared off power pole and wires down in the street and on two nearby buildings.

The firefighter crews had to place a fire line around the scene because several civilians attempted to cross downed wires and failed to obey firefighter requests to stand clear of the incident.

The Berkeley Springs Fire Company requested the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Reserves to assist with traffic control due to the extended road closure, but the request was denied.

West Virginia State Police and Potomac Edison responded to the scene.

Potomac Edison arrived about 50 minutes into the incident.

Once Potomac Edison secured the part of the pole that was resting on top of the truck, the truck was removed, wires were removed from the roadway and the roadway was reopened.

The tractor trailer was damaged and had to be towed from the area.

The scene was cleared and the pole was replaced shortly after midnight, according to the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company social media page.