Trucker Survives 250-foot Plunge
July 14, 2000
An Ohio truck driver survived a 250-foot drop over a ravine on Sandstone Mountain, known as one of the most hazardous highway sites in West Virginia, according to Associated Press reports.
Officials said James Irwin, 34, underwent surgery after suffering a broken leg and several cuts and abrasions. Police say he was driving east on Sandstone Mountain near Beckley, W.Va., last week when his truck's brakes failed and he lost control. More than 40,000 pounds of steel scattered in the nearby hillsides.
Sandstone Mountain is a curving 5-mile stretch of Interstate 64 that has a 7 percent grade. The speed limit is 45 mph for trucks and 70 mph for passenger vehicles.