WEST WILLIAMSON − The West Virginia Department of Highways worked for nearly three days to clean up a massive rock slide that occurred Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the intersection of Old U.S. 52 and Armory Road in West Williamson.
The slide caused a one-car crash that resulted in a Williamson man suffering minor injuries and closed down that section of road just past the old Tunnel Drive Inn toward Fairview Addition for the better part of two days.
Shawn Williamson was the driver of the vehicle, a white Range Rover, and was treated at the scene for minor injuries. He said he suffered from a sprained wrist and was very sore but was otherwise very thankful to be alive.
DOH District 2 District Manager Scott Eplin was at the scene Thursday and said an emergency contract was agreed upon with Jason Hannah to begin the lengthy cleanup.
The roads were finally cleared and re-opened to traffic late on Friday. According to a post from Mingo County Emergency Management, motorists should still travel with caution while traveling the road as rough road signs are posted.
Williamson Fire Department and Williamson Police Department initially responded to the initial call from Mingo County 911 dispatchers just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday morning, Veolia Water Project Manager Zachary Maynard said the slide had caused a break in a water line, which put nearby customers under a boil-water notice.
The boil-water advisory affected customers who live in West Williamson from Tunnel Drive Inn to Duba's and customers along Ky. 292 in South Williamson from State Electric to Wilson Loop.
The boiled water advisory was lifted for both areas Friday afternoon. Veolia was giving out bottled water to affected customers.
The slide also knocked over power, telephone and internet lines, causing outages to customers in the Williamson area.