Truck jumps embankment on 33

ELKINS – A single-vehicle accident sent one man to the hospital after his vehicle, traveling eastbound, went over an embankment shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on Route 33 near Elkins, police said.

The only person in the vehicle, a 51-year-old Beverly man, had to be transported by HealthNet helicopter after losing control of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma truck he was driving, police said. The truck went over the embankment, coming to a stop in a small creek behind a residence on Seneca Road. Authorities had not released the driver’s name by presstime.

The passenger door had to be cut from the vehicle to allow emergency personnel to remove the man from the truck. A landing space was created for the HealthNet helicopter in the parking lot of the Elkins Economy Inn hotel.

Deputy D.L. VanMeter, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the investigating officer, said the man lost control of the vehicle, but noted the cause of the wreck had not yet

been determined.

“He was traveling east on (Route) 33, lost control and went over the embankment approximately 50 feet,” VanMeter said. “We are unable to determine the cause of the wreck until we get something back from the hospital.”

The accident is still under investigation by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. The extent of the man’s injuries have not been released as of presstime.

Also responding to the scene were the West Virginia State Police, Randolph County EMS and Elkins Fire Department.