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UPDATE: W.Va. DOH releases statement regarding Morgantown rock slide

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Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 4:18 PM EST
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UPDATE 02/11/2020 5:46 p.m.

The West Virginia Division of Highways released a statement regarding a rock slide that happened on Monongahela Boulevard Monday.

"Over the last week, West Virginia has experienced a lot of rainfall that has saturated its hillsides," DOH officials said in the statement. "Across the state, severe flooding, mudslides and rock slides have been reported."

DOH crews have cleaned up the debris and are working on reducing the size of the boulder for disposal, officials said. Crews also patched the areas damaged by the rock fall.

"The hillside where the rock fell is owned by West Virginia University," DOH officials said in the statement. "DOH will be meeting with them soon to discuss the incident and assist in possible solutions."

WVU officials said they're cooperating with all agencies, including the West Virginia Department of Transport and DOH, to find out more information about all factor involved, including the integrity of the hillside.

WVU officials said the PRT will not run between Beechurst and Engineering until further notice. PRT operations will continue between Beechurst and Walnut, and between Engineering, Towers and Health Sciences.

"Structural engineers are inspecting the track and the damaged fencing has been replaced," WVU officials said. "When we have confirmation that it is safe to resume operation, we will send out a separate notification."

Susan Cramer, 65, of Morgantown, remains is in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital after the boulder fell on her vehicle as she was traveling on Monongahela Boulevard Monday. She received several broken bones and internal injuries that required surgery, a Morgantown spokesperson said.

Two WVU students were also taken to the hospital after the PRT car they were traveling in was hit by the boulder.

UPDATE 02/11/2020 @ 11:33 a.m.

A woman remains in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital after a rock fell on her vehicle as she was traveling on Monongahela Boulevard Monday, hospital officials told 5 News.

The driver, Susan Cramer, 65, of Morgantown, was one of three hurt after the rock slide. Two others, both West Virginia University students, were hurt when a boulder hit their PRT vehicle.

Hospital officials aren’t expected to release another update regarding Cramer’s condition until tomorrow.

The exact injuries she is being treated for haven’t been released, but her condition was critical as of 10:25 a.m.

"The boulder fell from WVU property but the hillside is a part of both WVU and DOH Right-of-Way," according to a statement from the City of Morgantown. "Figuring out stability of the hillside will take a cooperative agreement between WVU and the DOH."

UPDATE 02/11/2020 @ 11:11 a.m.

The driver of the car that was the was hit by a boulder suffered more severe injuries than known, officials said.

According to Morgantown Police Department's Facebook page, the driver was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital with more severe injuries than initially known on Monday.

Two West Virginia University students were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital after the PRT car they were in was hit during a rock slide, according to WVU officials.

UPDATE 02/10/2020 @ 9:10 p.m.

Two West Virginia University students have been admitted to Ruby Memorial Hospital after the PRT car they were in was struck during a rock slide, according to WVU officials.

The roadway has reopened between 8th Street and Evansdale Drive.

The PRT will be closed between Beechurst and Engineering Feb. 11th. It will run between Walnut and Beechurst, and on a separate route between Engineering, Towers and Health Sciences on a normal schedule.

Buses will run between the Beechurst and Engineering Stations.

UPDATE 02/10/2020 @ 5:07 p.m.

Three people were taken to the hospital after a rock slide in Morgantown Monday afternoon.

According to West Virginia University officials, a boulder hit a PRT vehicle.

Three people were taken to the hospital for evaluation related to the incident, WVU officials said. One from a car on the roadway and two from a PRT car.

According to the WVU PRT Twitter page, the PRT is closed until further notice. Buses are running.

Monongalia County 911 officials said all lanes on Monongahela Boulevard between Eighth Street and Patteson Drive is closed.

Emergency officials are on scene.

According to the Morgantown Police Department's Facebook page, the road will be closed until the West Virginia Division of Highways can stabilize the hillside.

Keep checking 5 News for the latest updates.

UPDATE 02/10/2020 @ 4:35 p.m.

Three people were taken to the hospital after a boulder hit a West Virginia University PRT vehicle Monday, officials said.

According to the WVU PRT Twitter page, the PRT is closed until further notice. Buses are running.

Monongalia County 911 officials said all lanes on U.S Route 19 between Eighth Street and Patteson Drive is closed.

Emergency officials are on scene.

According to the Morgantown Police Department's Facebook page, the road will be closed until the West Virginia Division of Highways can stabilize the hillside.

Keep checking 5 News for the latest updates.


ORIGINAL STORY

U.S Route 19 between Eighth Street and Patteson Drive is closed following a rock slide Monday.

According to Monongalia County 911 officials, all lanes are closed.

Morgantown Fire and EMS and Morgantown Police are on scene, 911 officials said.

Keep checking 5 News for the latest updates.

UPDATE: One person, the driver of the vehicle, was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital with more severe injuries than...

Posted by Morgantown Police Department on Monday, February 10, 2020

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