Slate of Semi Accidents Cause Traffic Woes

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Time and again these past few days, it has been a troubling situation on the West Virginia Turnpike and farther north on Interstate 77.

Tractor-trailers have been crashing into curves, the median and almost everywhere in between.

On Tuesday, a driver lost control near Sissonville; the load he was hauling caught on fire.

A day earlier, a semi crashed into a car, closing part of the interstate for hours.

"Mainly not paying any attention to what you're doing," said Rocky Lambeth, who has been a trucker for 25 years.

"Just watching out for cars, mainly cars. Because they're so thick nowadays you have to have eyes in every part of your head," Lambeth said.

He adds that the key to avoiding accidents is simple.

"Following too close -- you need to stay way back. Because you don't know whenever there's something in front of you going to happen that you can't see," Lambeth said.

Truckers also say a lack of experience only adds to the accidents.

"The truck drivers now ... they're just, some of them shouldn't even be in trucks. The way they run them through the truck schools -- they just (makes swoosh sound) run them through just for the money," Lambeth said.

They're moves that cost everyone on the road in the long haul.

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