A West Virginia man was airlifted Tuesday after his vehicle was dragged nearly 200 feet by a tractor trailer on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
According to Virginia State Police reports, the accident occurred at 2:15 p.m. on June 21 on I-77 North at the 5.9 mile marker near Fancy Gap. Gary Troute, 59, of Delbarton, West Virginia, was operating a 2003 Nissan in the northbound lanes, according to police reports, when he ran off the road on the left, struck a guardrail and then crossed two lanes and ran underneath the trailer wheels of a tractor-trailer operated by Randall Sutton, 31, of Raeford, N.C.
“The car became lodged under the trailer wheels and was drug 183 feet before the truck was able to stop,” according to the police report. “Cana and Hillsville fire departments responded, along with Cana Rescue and Carroll Fire & EMS. Troute was extricated from the vehicle and flown to a trauma center. The accident was investigated by Trooper (R.B.) Phipps and charges are pending.”