BUCKHANNON — At least two serious wrecks were reported Wednesday that halted traffic on Route 33.
The first occurred on Route 33 West in Barbour County around 10 a.m., when a 2017 Peterbilt tractor-trailer truck reportedly crashed over the hill near Talbot Road and caught on fire, killing the out-of-state driver. Westbound traffic to Buckhannon was expected to be rerouted until Thursday morning.
Another accident early Wednesday afternoon near the Morton Ave. exit resulted in two people being transported to the hospital, while another was treated and released following the two-vehicle crash that also interrupted traffic flow.
Around 3 p.m. on September 1, a black older model Ford truck driven by Edward Taylor, 53, of Buckhannon, pulled out in front of a 2021 Dodge Challenger driven by Jessie Shreve, 31, that was traveling eastbound on Route 33.
Taylor's passengers were Loretta Landis, 48, who was also transported to St. Joseph's Hospital along with the driver, and Ronnie Landis, 42, refused treatment. Both Taylor and Landis were reportedly discharged with minor injuries. Shreve did not receive medical treatment as a result of the wreck.
According to investigating officer Sgt. M. Stewart, Taylor was at fault and cited for driving suspended, as well as warned for failure to yield.
Traffic stopped briefly as Buckhannon Fire Department and Buckhannon Police Department assessed the scene while S&L Towing removed the vehicles from the highway and the flow of traffic resumed just a short 30 minutes later.