1 driver remains hospitalized after wrong-way crash on U.S. Route 50

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 03/22/10 1:45 P.M.

One man remains hospitalized after his SUV was struck by a pickup truck driving the wrong way on U.S. Route 50 in Parkersburg on Thursday morning.

According to the Wood County Sheriff's Office, Zheng L. Zheng, 60, of Parkersburg, was driving a Toyota Sequoia that collided head-on with a Ford F-150 pickup driven by Robert Frum, 85, of Vienna.

Zheng was being being evaluated at Camden Clark Medical Center Thursday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman.

Frum was treated and released, the spokesman said.

Deputies say Frum entered the highway at the westbound Staunton Avenue exit. The crash happened just moments after he began driving east in the westbound lane.

Deputies say Frum apparently was not familiar with the interchange and became confused. He was not cited.

The crash, which happened about 9 a.m., closed one lane of Route 50 for about an hour while emergency crews worked at the scene.


ORIGINAL STORY

Two drivers are taken to the hospital after a crash involving a wrong-way driver on U.S. 50 in Parkersburg Thursday morning.

It happened about 9 A.M. in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50, just before the Staunton Avenue exit.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office says the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup was headed east in the westbound lane of U.S. 50, when he crashed head-on into a Toyota Sequoia.

Deputies say the pickup had just entered the highway using the westbound exit ramp.

The drivers haven't been identified, but deputies say they were both taken by ambulance to Camden Clark Medical Center. There's no word yet on their injuries.

The crash shut down one lane of traffic for about an hour while crews worked at the scene.

The Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Camden Clark and St. Joseph's ambulance services responded to the scene.