October 24, 2012
HENDERSON — An accident involving a passenger vehicle and two tractor trailers on the Silver Memorial Bridge has resulted in one death.
As of press time, the name of the victim and details of the accident had not yet been released by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department which is investigating the accident.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon with witnesses saying the passenger vehicle went beneath one of the tractor trailers near the center of the bridge. Another media outlet was reporting the driver of the passenger vehicle was killed, attributing this information to Mason County officials, though this information had not been confirmed by The Point Pleasant Register as of press time.
What has been confirmed is the vehicles were traveling from the West Virginia side to the Ohio side of the bridge, causing the northbound lanes to be closed for two hours. The closure of these lanes caused major traffic headaches in the area, including causing traffic to come to a standstill on the Bartow Jones Bridge in the southbound lanes and extending north through Point Pleasant. A secondary traffic accident was also reported on the Bartow Jones Bridge shortly after the fatality. Though it was not known if there were any injuries from this accident, witnesses say it appeared to be a fender bender.
Responding to the scene were emergency personnel from the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, Mason County EMS and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
The Point Pleasant Register will continue to update this story in print and on its website, www.mydailyregister.com, as new information becomes available.