Driver assessing damage in two-rig wreck is promptly struck by third semi truck

A truck driver involved in a wreck was almost immediately hit by another truck while getting out to assess the damage in West Virginia on Tuesday morning. 

The accident happened on April 6th in Mason County along US Highway 35. 

According to WSAZ 3 News, truck driver one was pulled over on the shoulder when he tried to merge back onto the highway, at which point he collided with driver two. As driver one was exiting his truck to assess the damage done in the wreck, he was struck by an oncoming semi truck. 

“It appears that vehicle two pulled over, got out of his vehicle and got out to assess, and that’s when the driver of vehicle one had been struck by another tractor-trailer,” said Mason County Sheriff Corey Miller. 

“Probably stepped out very close to being in the road or on line. There is not much room on the section to get off.”

Driver three then kept driving, but it is not clear whether he fled the scene intentionally, or simply did not notice he had struck a pedestrian. Driver one was transported to the hospital and is now considered to be in “stable” condition. 

While the incident is still under investigation, officers say they have very little to go on and finding driver three could be nearly impossible. 

“That truck could be in Columbus, Dayton, Michigan, Detroit … anywhere,” Miller said. “It’s going to be very difficult to track down a random tractor-trailer with that many on the road heading to and from on 35 because that is a large artery for traffic.”

If the hit-and-run driver is found, they could be facing a felony hit-and-run charge.