Tractor-trailer rollover shuts down I-81 NB in Berkeley County

West Virginia

Officials called both drivers "very lucky"

UPDATE: MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM)– Officials are saying that two individuals are “very lucky” after a car collided into a tractor-trailer, causing it to flip.

Shortly after 2 p.m. this Tuesday afternoon, Interstate 81 northbound was shut down when police responded to a tractor-trailer flipped on its side. According to police, they believe a small blue car was trying to merge onto 81 but collided its tires with a tractor-trailer. Traffic was shut down for over three hours.

“We see this a lot on 81, there’s a large amount of accidents in the construction zone in particular but it’s just a busy road,” said Berkeley Fire Chief Eddie Gochenour. “It’s a busy highway, a lot of trucks on the highway and it’s my understanding its the busiest truck route east of the Mississippi.”

Both drivers were transported to Berkeley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — A tractor-trailer rollover has shut down I-81 northbound in Berkeley County around mile marker 13 near King St around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Berkeley County dispatch.

West Virginia State Police is on the scene and investigating. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay. Drivers are moving along past the incident in one lane on the shoulder.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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