In what may be the largest drilling-related accident yet this year on Brock Ridge, an 18-wheel Summit Environmental Services truck overturned when taking a sharp turn on the ridge July 20 at around 5 p.m. Three wreckers including Pifer’s BP Service and Vance Monroe towing weren’t able to pull the 18-wheel truck back onto the road until Wednesday. Three semi-trucks were traveling south together on Brock Ridge between state Routes 89 and 7 when the middle truck weighing close to 60,000 pounds turned onto its side when its load of drill mud shifted suddenly through a turn. The driver was able to get out of the overturned truck and remarkably sustained only minor injuries.
Chuck Wright, a representative from Summit Environmental Services out of Belmont, W.Va., was on the scene along with the West Virginia State Police and West Virginia Department of Highways Environmental Coordinator Bob Glosterman, who handled the hydraulic fluid cleanup and inspection. The road was closed for several hours for cleanup. The Grandview and Wileyville volunteer fire departments responded to the incident. (Photo provided by the Wetzel County Action Group)