Multiple wrecks, one fatal, mess I-64

October 12, 2018

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a crash near the Hal Greer Boulevard exit in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle that sent one person to the hospital on Wednesday in Huntington. Inclement weather was believed to cause this wreck and also an eight-car crash that killed one person just past the Merritt's Creek exit.

BARBOURSVILLE — Traffic in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 was at a standstill for hours Wednesday after a series of crashes left one person dead and sent at least one other person to the hospital.

According to the Barboursville Police Department, one person was killed in a multiple-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of I-64 near the Merritt’s Creek exit Wednesday afternoon.

The eight-vehicle crash was reported to Cabell County 911 at 2:19 p.m. at mile marker 17.5, on the bridge just past the Merritt’s Creek exit.

According to officers with the Barboursville Police Department, one person was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington and later died. The victim’s name had not been released as of press time Wednesday.

Barboursville police said the victim’s truck had metal and trash in the bed that came through the back of the vehicle, causing serious injury to the victim.

Officers were still investigating the crash just before 7 p.m. Wednesday and the westbound lanes of the interstate were still closed. A BPD crash investigator said inclement weather was a factor in the crash, and investigators were attempting to determine which vehicles hit each other in what order. The investigator said it was possible that an initial minor crash led to the multi-vehicle pileup.

It wasn’t the only crash emergency officials responded to Wednesday afternoon. Another crash on 1-64 westbound was reported at 1:45 p.m. at mile marker 11.5, near the Hal Greer Boulevard exit, according to dispatchers. That crash involved a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. The Huntington Police Department responded, and one person was transported to the hospital.

Westbound traffic was rerouted to W.Va. 2 and U.S. 60 during the closure of 1-64.

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