State Police working to aid motorists during storm
October 30, 2012 ·
West Virginia State Police are working side by side with the National Guard to aid stranded motorists and senior citizens that need help during this storm.
State Police officers have been helping stranded motorists since last night, when the storm initially came through West Virginia.
Interstate 68 in Preston County was closed today due to snow and fallen trees. It reopened Tuesday afternoon.
State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous says state police officers have been working around the clock to help stranded people get to shelters.
“We continue to have to answer our calls for service, of course there are a lot more accidents when a situation like this occurs. We’ve been out on the roads quite a bit patrolling, looking for stranded motorists, and completing accident, crash reports,” he said.
According to the Preston County Office of Emergency Management, 25 tractor trailers were stranded in Preston County on Interstate 68 since last night.
State Police officers are also performing welfare checks on senior citizens around the state to make sure they are alright.
The State Police did similar checks following this past summer’s derecho storm.