NEW MANCHESTER - A tractor-trailer belonging to the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center was involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on state Route 8.
The two people in the tractor-trailer - instructor Tim Egyud and an adult student - were not injured, although the student, who was driving at the time, was "pretty shaken up," said Martin Hudek, director of Secondary, Adult and Career Education for Hancock County Schools.
School district officials declined to release the student's name.
SCHOOL ACCIDENT — New Manchester volunteer firefighters spread a sawdust-like material on state Route 8 Monday afternoon following an accident involving a tractor-trailer belonging to the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center’s Commercial Driver’s License program and another vehicle. Hancock County school officials said there were no serious injuries. -- Stephen Huba
"We're very fortunate," Superintendent Suzan Smith told the school board Monday night. "Thank goodness nobody was hurt."
Details about the accident were sketchy on Monday, but Smith said it was her understanding the other vehicle involved did not stop at a stop sign before entering Route 8. She said the driver of the other vehicle refused treatment.
The Hancock County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident, which happened near the Country Corner store in New Manchester.
New Manchester Fire Chief Roger Stewart said his department got the call at about 1:40 p.m. and had to remediate a spill of about 45 gallons of diesel fuel from the truck. Firefighters applied a sawdust-like material on Route 8 to absorb the spill, requiring the road to be closed for several hours.
Smith said the spill was caused by the truck's fuel tank being punctured. Route 8 traffic was rerouted down Flats Cemetery Road and Washington School Road into the late afternoon hours.
Hudek said the tractor-trailer was southbound on Route 8 at the time of the accident and that the student driver "was doing everything he was supposed to be doing."
The tractor-trailer belongs to the Career Center's Commercial Driver's License program, which opened in October 2012 to train students 21 and older for a career in truck driving. The 12-week program prepares students from West Virginia and Ohio to test for their CDL.
The tractor and the trailer were towed to the Career Center, Hudek said.
Stewart said West Virginia environmental officials are expected to visit the accident scene today to oversee further cleanup of the diesel fuel.
(Huba can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)