Truck crash closes Route 219 for four hours

Mace, WV – A tractor-trailer sideswiped a rock outcropping going down a steep hill and flipped on its side onto Route 219 north of Mace about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. The cab of the truck sustained serious damage but the driver escaped without injuries. Route 219 was blocked to all traffic for about four hours. Valley Head and Shavers Fork fire departments responded to the scene.

Captain Heather Brown with Valley Head Fire and Rescue describes the situation.

“We were dispatched to 219, Mace Mountain above the Upper Mingo Flats Road for a tractor-trailer on its side,” she said. “We found that the road was completely blocked by the tractor trailer. No one was injured and everything’s being contained at this time. We’re currently awaiting wreckers to get on the scene to get the tractor out of the middle of the road.”

State Highway personnel directed cars, but not trucks, along the Dry Branch Road detour.

The truck was operated by Premier Transportation, of Forest Park, Georgia, for Tractor Supply. Randolph County authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

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