UPDATE: Route 50 in Ritchie County reopens after water truck crash

ELLENBORO, W.Va. - UPDATE: 7/17/2017, 3:38 P.M.

Sheriff Terry Snodgrass says all lanes of Route 50 near Bonds Creek Bridge in Ritchie County are now opened, after crews repaired highway barriers damaged in a water truck crash Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Terry Snodgrass says the accident happened, as did one back on April, in an area where highway construction has been in progress.

"And they are being shuttled over to one lane in excess of a mile after you get there, and we don't understand why both of these water trucks basically did the same thing. They hit that barrier right on the end and destroyed it."

The truck's driver, William Farley, is reported in stable condition.

Farley is to be cited for failure to maintain control.

Tuesday morning's accident happened in the eastbound lanes of route 50.

Back in April, the westbound lanes were closed because of a similar accident.

Update: 7/18/2017 1:55 A.M.

Ritchie County Sheriff Terry Snodgrass says U.S. Route 50 eastbound could re-open as soon as late afternoon.

He says a part has been ordered to repair damaged highway barriers at the Bonds Creek bridge, where a water truck crashed early Tuesday morning.

Eastbound Route 50 at the Bonds Creek bridge in Ritchie County may remain closed until Wednesday following a single-vehicle crash involving a water truck that injured one person.

A spokesman for the Ritchie County 911 center says the crash, which happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday, could keep the eastbound lanes closed until sometime Wednesday because of damage to highway barriers in place at the bridge.

The spokesman says the injured person was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center. The condition of the injured person is not yet available.

The 911 center says traffic is being detoured onto Glendale Road to Ellenboro.

Construction crews have been working in the area of the Bonds Creek bridge for several months, and this is the second serious accident there.

In April, the westbound lanes had to be closed and repairs made to the bridge. That accident also involved a water tanker that crashed.

The Ritchie County Sheriff's Office is handling the accident investigation.

We'll bring you more details online and during a afternoon and evening newscasts as they become available.

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