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Hurricane Police Officer Involved in Wreck on I-64, Name Released

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Hurricane Police Officer is in the hospital after he hydroplaned and flipped his cruiser on Interstate 64 in Cross Lanes.

The accident was reported about 6 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-64.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com Officer Ritchie Poe was heading to work when he hydroplaned near the Cross Lanes exit, then rolled the vehicle two to three times.

Poe was taken to CAMC General for treatment. Edwards says his injuries are not life threatening, but Poe is in a lot of pain.

Edwards says Poe was wearing his seatbelt and he believes it saved his life.

Poe was driving a backup cruiser when the crashed happened. Edwards says the cruiser was totaled.

Edwards spent the morning at the hospital with Poe's fellow officers and family.



ORIGINAL STORY
CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators are looking into the cause of a rollover crash involving a Hurricane police officer on Interstate 64 west just past the Cross Lanes exit.

It happened about 6 a.m. and forced the closure of the westbound interstate entrance ramp. Investigators say the officer was on his way to work at the time of the wreck and it's unclear what caused his police cruiser to slide and flip over.

The officer had to be removed from the car by first responders and is reported to have been alert and conscious.

The officer was taken to a nearby hospital, but his name and condition have not been released.

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