Larry Atha Killed in Truck Fire Accident on I-79 in Marion County, WV
UPDATE (August 18, 2022): Reports confirmed that a man was killed in the crash. They said 71-year-old Larry Atha was driving the truck which somehow lost control and crashed near the Fairmont exit. The truck caught fire, and Atha could not get out of the vehicle. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Marion County, WV -- August 16, 2022, an accident possibly resulted in a fatality on I-79 in the White Hall area of Marion County.
Right now, exact circumstances are unclear. It appears that a semi-truck was on southbound lanes of I-79 when it somehow caught fire. It's unclear if this was due to a crash. While no victims were named, reports say a medical examiner responded to the scene. No further information about the accident is available at this time.
Commentary on Larry Atha Truck Fire Accident in Marion County
I certainly hope more details show that no one was seriously hurt here, but if they were, there obviously needs to be a close look into what went wrong. One thing that always concerns me is what exactly started the fire. It's not always as simple as just a serious crash inevitably sparking the blaze. Sometimes, the fire only happens due to the negligent placement of many trucks' fuel tanks. It's a big risk to a lot of hard working truckers out there, yet I rarely see anyone address it. If someone who should still be alive dies due to a manufacturer's laziness, isn't that important to bring to light?
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