UPDATE: (7 P.M. Jan. 10, 2023) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection sent inspectors to the site of a crash involving a coal truck that overturned into a creek in the Drennen area of Nicholas County.

According to the WVDEP, inspectors say most of the coal being hauled was deposited on the stream bank, however, there was some coal and liquid from the truck that did spill into Peters Creek. The WVDEP says the “responsible party” contacted Evergreen Environmental to clean up the site. The company immediately responded, placing booms in the stream to collect spilled materials, officials say.

Officials from the WVDEP say they expect the coal that was spilled onto the bank will be removed this week.

The WVDEP says they will monitor the cleanup until it is complete.

Two people were flown for medical treatment following the crash and a third was taken to the hospital by ambulance. There is no new information on their conditions at this time.


NICHOLAS COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—Two people were flown to the hospital after a crash in the Drennen area of Nicholas County on Tuesday morning.

The Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department says that a coal truck and a pickup truck collided near the intersection of Turnpike Rd. and Jerry’s Fork Rd. , and the coal truck went over a hill 30 feet into a creek. The driver was able to get out of the truck himself, but the fire department helped him with a rope system.

The two injured people were flown to CAMC General Hospital. Wilderness VFD says they are in critical but stable condition.

Wilderness VFD says that diesel fuel is leaking into the creek.

Nicholas County dispatchers say that the call came in at around 8:50 a.m.