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Truck driver missing after GPS leads to West Virginia slope plunge

A trucker's reliance on GPS ended in a mishap, leaving an overturned semi and scattered lumber down a steep West Virginian slope.

The incident: Occurred before dawn on Thursday, March 7, when a truck plunged over an embankment along Hurricane Road. Despite a comprehensive search in the remote area, the driver remains missing.

  • The truck flipped upside down, resulting in a significant fuel leak and environmental monitoring at the scene.
  • There's still uncertainty about the truck's ownership and the driver's identity.
  • Recovering the vehicle is challenging due to the terrain, with efforts possibly stretching into the night, reported WV MetroNews.

Authorities speculate the truck may have been following misguided GPS directions on treacherous roads not suitable for heavy vehicles.

The big picture: GPS tools, while helpful, can sometimes lead drivers to dangerous paths, especially in areas with limited mapping detail for commercial traffic.

Officials have yet to make headway on the whereabouts of the driver, as no one has reported to local hospitals. The hunt for answers continues.

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