PENDLETON COUNTY, W.Va. (WHSV) -- Police say a truck driver rounded the side of Allegheny Mountain too quickly, leading to his accident on Monday morning.
The truck ended up in the ravine in pieces and the driver is in the hospital in poor condition with life-threatening injuries.
As far as safety on Allegheny Mountain goes, there have been a number of wrecks on the mountain involving tractor trailers just this year.
"I really honestly don't know what's going to stop it," said Sgt. A. D. Teter with the West Virginia State Police.
Crews pulled Anthony Jones, a the truck driver from Michigan, out of a wreck on Monday morning. It was his first time driving Horseshoe Curve.
"Once they reach a certain point, they think they've made it and can go ahead and begin to go faster and then they overuse their brakes," said Teter.
The truck destroyed the guardrail, which was just replaced from a previous wreck. Jones' truck landed in a ravine with the cab and the trailer then splitting apart as large rolls of paper spilled.
Along the stretch of U.S. Route 33, there have been 21 wrecks since 2009; five of them were fatal.
"There have been studies done, but there needs to be some kind of action at this point I feel," explained Teter, "Suggestion is a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of signs and LED solar powered lights on up and down the mountain."
Teter said volunteer crews are pushed to their limits both emotionally and physically with so many wrecks to clear.
Rescue and fire crews have responded to about two wrecks a month, just like this one, and they'll be here until about midnight Tuesday.
State police would like to change Horseshoe Curve by adding a concrete barrier or runaway ramp; however, the reason they can't is because the ravine below the curve is part of a national forest.
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