UPDATE: Rush Hour, Wet Roads and Speed Blamed for Massive Traffic Pile-up

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/7/13 @ 7:40 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Rush hour, wet roads and some drivers going a little too fast -- that’s the recipe Nitro Police say caused a more than three-dozen car pile-up Thursday evening.

Police say a heavy downpour had just gone through when a tractor-trailer and car crashed on the St. Albans Bridge on Interstate 64.

That caused a chain reaction involving 38 vehicles in all.

Nine people were taken to the hospital, and about two dozen were treated at the scene.

Police say this is one of the largest crashes in West Virginia history.

“I've never in my career seen a crash of this size,” Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley said. “I'm really surprised we didn't have any more serious injuries, but we're lucky."

The road was closed for four hours while crews worked to clean everything up.

Oxley says this would have taken much longer if not for all of the different emergency crews that showed up to help.

“I can't even begin right now -- we're just putting together a list of agencies that assisted in this,” he said. “Every time we go through a different sheet of paper, I’m finding a new name of a new agency that helped.”

There's a study by the WVDOT that just started about this stretch of road -- trying to determine whether it should be widened it from four lanes to six.

Police say in this case, they do not believe it would have made a difference.



UPDATE 6/6/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All lanes of Interstate 64 have reopened following an accident involving more than three dozen vehicles. It happened about 6 p.m. on the Nitro/St. Albans bridge and involved more than three dozen vehicles.

The Teays Valley Fire Department says 38 cars piled up, trapping three people. Six people had to be taken to the hospital. They say no one was seriously injured.

The fire department says weather is believed to be a factor.

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ORIGINAL STORY
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An accident involving at least 13 vehicles has I-64 gridlocked.

According to the WV511 Twitter account, all four lanes of I-64 are shut down at the 44 mile marker.

The accident is actually on the Nitro/St. Albans bridge.

The interstate is expected to be closed for approximately three hours.

No word on injuries or how long the interstate will be closed.

We have crews headed to the scene.

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