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Victim ID’d in fatal I-64 crash in Barboursville

October 13, 2018

Traffic is pushed to one lane as emergency crews respond to the scene of a crash near the Hal Greer exit in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 involving a semi-truck and another vehicle, sending one person to the hospital on Wednesday in Huntington. Inclement weather was believed to cause this wreck and also a nine-car crash just after the Merritt's Creek exit that killed one person.

BARBOURSVILLE — Gary Ford Jackson, 68, of Huntington, has been identified as the man killed in a fatal crash involving nine vehicles Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 64, Barboursville Police said Thursday.

Police on scene stated that Jackson’s truck had metal and debris in the bed that came through the back of the vehicle as a result of the crash, causing serious injury. Jackson was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington where he died later Wednesday.

The crash happened around 2:20 p.m. during steady rainfall in the westbound lane at mile marker 17.5, on the bridge just past the Merritt’s Creek exit in Barboursville.

A Barboursville Police Department 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.

The crash remained under investigation as of Thursday, according to Barboursville Police.

It wasn’t the only crash emergency officials responded to Wednesday afternoon. Another crash on I-64 westbound was reported at 1:45 p.m. at mile marker 11.5, according to Cabell County 911 dispatchers. That crash involved a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. The Huntington Police Department responded, and one person was taken to the hospital.

Traffic in the westbound lanes of I-64 was at a standstill for hours Wednesday, snarling evening commuter routes as westbound drivers were detoured to W.Va. 2 and U.S. 60 during the closure of I-64.

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