A truck traveling southbound on WV Route 88 a few minutes after 11 a.m. flipped over onto its side and wrecked outside of the Bethany Pike Car Wash, according to reports from Wheeling Police Department Public Information Officer Philip Stahl.
The driver “appeared to have some minor injuries,” said Stahl, and was transported to Wheeling Hospital via ambulance. The cause of the crash is still being investigated, with Stahl having no defined answers for the cause of the truck flipping.
“He was able to kind of get out of the truck itself,” added Stahl
Stahl noted that the truck hit a gas meter, causing a slight gas leak but Mountaineer Gas was able to turn the gas off quickly.
The truck was hauling gravel in a trailer attached to the vehicle, with Stahl adding that traffic was light at the time the crash occurred.
After the crash, a section of Route 88 starting from Warden Run Road up to Stratford Springs was closed. Drivers were encouraged to take GC&P Road as a detour until the road opened back up.
Other damage in the crash included a guardrail knocked over and signage that will be repaired by the WV Division of Highways, according to Stahl. The Wheeling Fire Department, Wheeling Police Department and the WV Division of Highways assisted in cleaning up the debris from the crash.
Cars began to drive on Route 88 again a few minutes past 2:30 p.m.