Wood Co. Deputy Responds to Accident, Dodges Getting Hit by Two Sliding Vehicles

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

UPDATE 11:55 P.M.

Sheriff Sandy said Deputy Tom Murphy was responding to an accident around 6:15 p.m. Saturday when he dodged being hit by two sliding vehicles on I-77 between U.S. Route 50 and Camden Avenue.

Sheriff Sandy said Deputy Murphy jumped over the guard rail and into an embankment to avoid being hit. He was immediately taken to the hospital Saturday evening and then later released with a sprained wrist.

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The Wood County Sheriff's Office reported that as of 6:30 p.m. they are responding to multiple vehicle accidents because of ice on roads, overpasses, and bridges. Officers want drivers to use extreme caution.

Sheriff Jeff Sandy said a deputy has been taken to the hospital after he avoided being hit by a sliding vehicle. The deputy was apparently out of the car directing traffic when a sliding vehicle came his direction so he jumped over a guard rail and over the hill.

"We have units at every overpass and every exit because the roads are in very bad shape. We are trying to do everything we can," said Sheriff Sandy.

No word yet on where it happened, his name or condition.

Traffic on U.S. Route 50 was backed up to get onto the I-77 northbound exit around 7 p.m.

The Wood County 911 Center reports cars are especially sliding off of the road on I-77, north and south of the U.S. Route 50 interchange.

Dispatchers said there have also been accidents on Gihon Road coming off the hill near Lost Pavement Road, Emerson Avenue, and Route 2 nearly Waverly Road and Corbitt Hill Road.


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