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Accident affects power in Weirton

January 4, 2014
By SHAE DALRYMPLE - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - A pick-up truck went over an embankment Friday morning, trapping the driver and a passenger inside the cab for nearly 45 minutes in frigid temperatures.

The accident took place on Pennsylvania Avenue between Tenth and Eleventh streets. Two power lines were knocked down in the process. Electricity was shut off to several nearby buildings as responders moved the downed utility poles in order to get the driver and passenger out of the vehicle.

Only minor injuries were reported, according to emergency responders on scene. Both people walked back up the hill themselves once they were freed, according to Capt. Bob Hinchee of the Weirton Fire Department.

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ACCIDENT SCENE — Power company crews worked to clean up Pennsylvania Avenue and repair power lines Friday afternoon. The lines were damaged when a vehicle slid and went over the hill after the driver lost control. Although the driver and a passenger were trapped for nearly 45 minutes, there were no serious injuries. - Shae Dalrymple

Power was restored later in the day.

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