Wrecks abound on snowy roads

BUCKHANNON — Monday’s icy and slushy road conditions were not to blame for a two-vehicle wreck involving a log truck that occurred late Monday morning.

No one was injured in the wreck, which happened at about 11:27 a.m., at the intersection of Route 20 North and Morton Avenue, according to investigating officer Buckhannon Police Chief Matt Gregory, who said road conditions did not cause the wreck.

According to Gregory, the collision happened when a Chevy Cavalier driven by Samantha Sypolt, 23, of Terra Alta, was attempting to turn onto Route 20 from Morton Avenue and pulled in front of a log truck, driven by Michael Lewis, 65, of French Creek. The log truck, which had been preparing to move into the turning lane before merging onto Route 33, struck the Cavalier. Lewis, Sypolt and three children in the backseat of Sypolt’s vehicle were not injured in the wreck.

“There were no injuries and no transports,” Gregory said Tuesday.

Although Sypolt was found at fault for failure to yield right-of-way, no citations were issued. The Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur EMS also responded.

Meanwhile, the weather was to blame for a one-vehicle accident that happened just before noon on Swamp Run Road, according to a report by investing office Cpl. CJ Day with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the accident report, Shirley Weese, 25, was driving a Ford Escape north on Swamp Run Road when she lost control of her vehicle as a result of road conditions and slid into a mailbox and garage on the right side of the road.

Weese was not injured, and no citations were issued, the report states.

Cpl. Rodney Rolenson said Tuesday that a second accident occurred in the Mt. Nebo area of the county, as well as several other minor incidents involving vehicles sliding due to road conditions, none of which were reportable.

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