Accidents caused by black ice

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

January 3, 2014

Debbie Rolen


Black ice caused dozens of wrecks all over the area, including at least one fatality.

West Virginia State Police Capt. David Nelson told the Daily News they had numerous reports of accidents because of the hazardous road conditions.

Mingo County Sheriff”s Deputy Joe Smith said they had reports of eight wrecks, including one fatality, by 7:30 a.m. Smith also said he knew of some other minor accidents which had not been reported.

Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter said more than 30 accidents had been reported to her office. She is urging everyone to take their time and use extra caution while traveling the roadways.

Williamson Police Officer Josh Tincher investigated an accident involving a van which hit a house on Vinson Street.

Dewayne Dotson was driving a loaded coal truck headed south on U.S. Highway 119 just past Belfry when a vehicle in front of him started to spin out. Dotson tried to slow down and his trailer started to slide. He tried to get it under control and finally had to lock it down and hit the ditch. Dotson was not injured and is hoping to be able to get the truck out without having to unload the trailer and not damage it or the truck any more than it has already been damaged.

The area remained under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. today, with snow accumulations of two to four inches expected.

A mixture of rain and snow was expected to change to all snow late Thursday afternoon and continue overnight. Temperatures were expected to drop quickly between 4 and 7 p.m.As temperatures dropped, untreated surfaces were expected to become snow- and ice- covered.

Motorists needed to use extreme caution.

Snow accumulations can be reported to the National Weather Service by calling toll-free, 800-401-9535, when you can do so safely. This phone number is to be used for reporting purposes only.

Report winter weather by posting your report to the Charleston office of the National Weather Service Facebook page, or by using the Twitter hashtag “nwsrlx.”

Stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/rlx.