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February 18, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Fire extinguished at steel mill site

STEUBENVILLE - City firefighters extinguished a trailer fire at the former RG Steel plant Sunday afternoon.

A fire department spokesperson said a worker was using a torch to cut steel beams prior to the building being demolished and accidentally ignited the 60-by-20-foot trailer. Firefighters had to use water from their fire truck because there were no working fire hydrants in the building.

No one was injured, and the fire was contained within an hour, officials said.

Crash sends area man to hospital

CALCUTTA - The right northbound lane of state Route 11 just north of the Route 170 overpass was closed for more than an hour on Sunday afternoon, as first responders worked to free a driver from the wreckage of a single-vehicle accident.

Detective Joseph Brophey of the St. Clair Police Department said Bryan Strauss, 40, of Tiltonsville was driving north in the left lane of Route 11 at approximately 3:30 p.m., when his 2008 Honda Accord drifted over the left yellow line toward the concrete center divider. Although the car did not contact the center divider, its tires did hit a patch of snow and ice at the foot of the divider.

According to Brophey, Strauss' attempt to correct course resulted in a loss of control. The car slid sideways into the right-side guardrail face, crumpling several yards of guardrail before striking an embankment, which flipped the car onto its roof in a roadside ditch. Brophey says Strauss was wearing his seat belt and was not seriously injured, but could not free himself from the wreckage.

He was transported by Lifeteam EMS to East Liverpool City Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Health board to meet Feb. 25

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Board of Health will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Brooke County Courthouse.

The appointment of a chairman, vice chairman and health officer are among items on its agenda.

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