A God’s Pit Crew tractor-trailer loaded with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies for a children’s home crashed July 26 in Carroll County.
At 8:45 p.m. on July 26, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash at the 12 mile marker on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
A tractor-trailer traveling north on I-77 hydroplaned, which caused the vehicle to run off the left side of the interstate, run through several hundred feet of guardrail and go down a steep embankment, the Virginia State Police said in a press release. The tractor-trailer finally came to rest at the bottom of a ravine. It was raining heavily at the time of the crash.
A detour was set up so the tractor-trailer could be removed from the ravine and pulled up to the interstate – which required four heavy-duty wreckers at one point – and for the Virginia Department of Transportion to make necessary guardrail and roadway repairs.
The driver, William S. Allgood, 68, of Ringold, Va., was not injured in the crash. The tractor-trailer was loaded with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies for flood victims.
The crash remains under investigation.
God’s Pit Crew issued a press release asking people to join it in rejoicing for God’s undeniable protection for one of its volunteer truck drivers involved in the weather-related accident on I-77.
“The God’s Pit Crew driver was in route to the Smoky Mountain Home for Children in Sevierville, Tennessee with a 53-foot trailer fully loaded with supplies to be donated,” the press release stated. “We are grateful that no other vehicles were involved and our driver sustained only three minor scratches. According to the Virginia State Police, our driver’s quick reaction prevented the accident from being worse than it was.”
God’s Pit Crew said the truck and trailer were total losses, adding that the “Load of Hope” being delivered to the Children’s Home will be delayed, but the most important thing was that no one was harmed and the driver was returned to his family safe and sound.
“We give God all of the praise!! We want to say a special thank you to the 911 dispatcher, responding fire departments, EMS, Virginia State Police, wrecker services, and others who were so kind to us as they worked throughout the night to remove the truck from the interstate,” God’s Pit Crew said. “Please continue to pray for our organization as we begin working on replacing our tractor and trailer, which is so vital to our ministry, and for our faithful driver who is understandably shaken.”