UPDATE: Semi plows into toll booth on the West Virginia Turnpike

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/16/18 @ 5:55 p.m.
A West Virginia Transportation toll booth operator was treated and released from the hospital after a semi crashed into a booth on the West Virginia Turnpike, the West Virginia Parkways Authority says.

It happened just before 6 a.m. Friday at the 83-mile marker at the Interstate 77 North toll plaza. The UPS semi driver told troopers that the big rig slid into the toll booth.

Friday's accident is the third one in less than three years. In 2015 when a similar incident happened, new safety measures were added.

The state installed concrete barriers, and a 5 mile per hour speed limit sign were put in place. Software was also installed to record how fast drivers are traveling as they enter and exit the toll plaza, but another truck hit a booth in 2017. No safety measures were added then, but that driver was cited.

Just two days ago, the West Virginia Department of Transportation announced plans to add a full time patrol unit to target commercial drivers to make sure they are following traffic laws and not speeding on the turnpike.

Since Friday morning's accident, officials have not said if they will add even more patrols or barriers for the upcoming flux of holiday traffic



UPDATE 11/16/18 @ 2:40 p.m.
A West Virginia Transportation toll booth operator was treated and released from the hospital after a semi crashed into a booth on the West Virginia Turnpike, the West Virginia Parkways Authority says.

It happened just before 6 a.m. Friday at the 83-mile marker at the Interstate 77 North toll plaza. The UPS semi driver told troopers that the big rig slid into the toll booth.

Other booths remained open, so traffic was not seriously affected.

Parkways Authority officials say the toll booth was dented and is in the process of being removed for repair and replacement with another booth.

Greg Barr, general manager of the Turnpike said in a news release, "All vehicles, especially large commercial vehicles, should slow down to the posted 5 miles per hour as they enter and exit the toll lanes for the vehicle occupants' safety as well as for the safety of the Turnpike employees working in the toll booths. Thankfully our toll collector was not seriously injured."



ORIGINAL STORY 11/16/18
A West Virginia Transportation toll booth operator is being treated at the hospital after a tractor-trailer crashed into a booth on the West Virginia Turnpike.

It happened just before 6 Friday morning at the I-77 north toll plaza at the 83-mile marker, at the last toll booth on the Turnpike.

Troopers say the toll booth operator had to be pried out and was being treated at the hospital.

The driver of the UPS semi told troopers that the big rig slid into the toll booth.

The semi was removed from the toll booth just before 7 a.m. Friday.

Traffic was never affected, as all other booths remained opened.

Investigators are trying to determine how the semi slid into the booth.

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