After pregnant woman is hurt, fiance doesn’t want to see anymore pothole accidents


One man reached out to 7News for answers after he said he crashed on I-70 because of potholes, and that crash injured his pregnant fiance.

Johnny Dobbs said he thinks the potholes this year are the worst he’s ever seen. After his car ran off the road over Mother’s Day weekend heading to Pennsylvania in the Dallas Pike area of I-70, Johnny said he doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt.

“We hit the pothole on the right side of my car, that tire, and it shook the car so bad that I had a hold of both hands and we about went off the road,” said Dobbs.

Panicked alongside his pregnant fiance Leann, Johnny said there was no way to miss the major hole.

“I had vehicles beside me, there was no way I could get in the left lane so I had to hit the hole,” said Dobbs.

His first thought he says was her.

“She started having pains started crying everything and I asked her if she wanted me to call 911,” said Dobbs.

He said Valley Grove and the Ohio County Sheriffs came quickly to help, and immediately and rushed Leann to Wheeling hospital.

Johnny said Leann is now on bed rest and showed me her medical paperwork.

“Now, we have a chance of losing our child,” said Dobbs.

So, what does he want  to see done.

“They need to start subcontracting out their projects and start fixing their potholes and everything. I think that would help,” said Dobbs.

7News reached out to the West Virginia Division of Highways who explained there are two different crews working on the roads.

A crew that works on bridge decks and one working on potholes in the pavement. Next week, DOH said they are starting two big projects.

A bridge deck repair on I-70 east of the Wheeling tunnel. Work is planned to start westbound on Monday and eastbound on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dave Millhouse with the DOH pothole crew said they will be patching and paving on I70, starting with the Dallas Pike ramps, the same area where Johnny had his accident.

The crew will move west, paving potholes towards the Wheeling tunnel.

Johnny said he just wants to see some improvements across the whole valley.

“People is driving on the other side of the roads here almost causing wrecks. I want the roads fixed for children for all citizens everybody around here,” said Dobbs.

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