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Truck crashes into creek, narrowly misses gas line

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A white pickup truck ended up in a creek in the 1600 block of Arlington Boulevard on Monday afternoon in an accident that could have been much worse.

Danny Cook said he ran out of gas and was trying to coast the truck down the hill to the gas station at the bottom of Arlington Boulevard where it intersects with U.S. 60 in Huntington.

At about 4 p.m., Cook said he hit a flat spot and got out to give the truck a push, but the truck picked up speed more quickly than he expected.

"I tried to jump back in and jerked the wheel to the left," said Cook, who sustained injuries to his knee, hand and right ear from falling and hitting the pavement.

The truck and its passenger -- Cook's sister -- went through a flower bed and dropped about 20 feet straight down into the creek, coming to rest on all four wheels. However, as Huntington police and firefighters noted, a main gas line runs along the hillside just to the right of where the truck went over the embankment.

Officers at the scene said Cook was not going to be issued a citation. Traffic on Arlington Boulevard from U.S. 60 to Larkspur Drive was closed for more than an hour until the truck could be pulled from the creek.

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