Friday accident affects power in Weirton

WEIRTON A pick-up truck went over an embankment Friday morning, trapping a driver and passenger inside the cab for nearly 45 minutes in frigid temperatures.

The accident took place on Pennsylvania Avenue between Tenth Street and Eleventh Street. Two power lines were knocked down in the process. Electricity was shut off to several nearby buildings as responders moved the downed telephone poles in order to get the driver and passenger out of the vehicle.

Only minor injuries were reported, according to emergency responders on scene. Both people walked back up the hill themselves once they were freed, according to Capt. Bob Hinchee of the Weirton Fire Department.

Crews from MonPower estimated the affected stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue would be shut down for about an hour Friday while they worked to restore power.

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