UPDATE: Blown Tire May Have Caused Tanker Truck Crash on I-79, Driver in Critical Condition


UPDATE (5/11 at 2 p.m.)

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the tanker truck crash that happened at approximately 2 p.m. Friday on Interstate 79 south, near mile marker 156.

A tanker truck, owned by Coen Transport of Washington, Pa., was carrying diesel fuel when the right, rear tire blew, causing the tanker to roll on its side, according to a preliminary investigation.

Casey Joseph, 26, of Washington, Pa., was driving the 2001 International Tanker when it rolled and caught fire. Joseph was flown to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Burn Center in Pittsburgh for injuries sustained in the crash.

According to the UPMC Burn Center, Joseph is in critical condition as of 2 p.m. Monday.

The accident is being reconstructed by deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Star City Police Department, Westover Police Department, Healthnet, Department of Environmental Protection, Monongalia County Hazmat Team, Department of Highways, Star City Volunteer Fire Department, Blacksville Volunteer Fire Department, Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, Granville Volunteer Fire Department, Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Monongalia County Emergency Medical Service, Miller Environmental Services and Insana Tow Service.


A single-vehicle accident near mile marker 156 on I-79 in Monongalia County has shut down both north and southbound lanes.At approximately 2:30 p.m., a tanker truck caught fire in the median. 

West Virginia State Police are on scene, along with multiple fire departments. The State Police will be handling the investigation.

Stay with 12 News as we get more information on this developing story.

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