Victim of Wednesday pile-up crash ID’d as Huntington man

October 12, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

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 the Jackson’s truck had metal and debris in the bed that came through the back of the vehicle as a result of the accident, causing serious injury. Jackson was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center 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 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.

The crash remains 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 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 Interstate 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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