The West Virginia State Capitol at night

Copperhead Snake Bit Worker On West Virginia Capitol Campus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia officials say a copperhead snake bit a worker at the state Capitol complex.

A memo to state workers says it happened about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday as a temporary employee was exiting a fire escape door near Building 7, which connects two larger buildings.

Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Jones says the employee was treated and released.

She says another state employee pinned the snake with a broom and a police officer decapitated it with a knife.

Jones says the memo was sent Thursday to employees in adjacent Building 5, where the highway division is housed.

The memo says officials have been made aware of a couple of snake sightings, including in the parking lot. It advised people who encounter snakes to contact the state Division of Protective Service.