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One person killed in wreck involving dump truck Wednesday morning

HODGESVILLE — A dump truck traveling south on Route 20 lost control and collided with a Toyota Corolla early Wednesday morning, killing the car’s driver.

Upshur County Chief Deputy Mike Coffman told My Buckhannon that the wreck occurred on Route 20 near the Schumaker Road just after 5 a.m. Wednesday.

“Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a 2018 International dump truck had lost control and collided with a 2022 Toyota Corolla,” according to a press release issued by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon. “The Toyota was traveling northbound while the International was traveling southbound.”

Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.

“Fire units on the scene used the jaws of life to extricate both drivers,” the release states. “The driver of the Toyota was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the International truck was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.”

The names of both individuals have not been released yet due to the ongoing investigation, the sheriff’s office said. Both the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia Public Service District (Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division) are conducting an investigation into the wreck.

Route 20 North was closed through early Wednesday afternoon but has since reopened, according to the Buckhannon Fire Department. The Washington District Fire Department, Upshur County EMS, and the W.Va. Department of Highways also responded to the scene.

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