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UPDATE: Slow Lane of I-64 Reopens after Thursday Crash

By: WSAZ News Email
By: WSAZ News Email

UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 3:49 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WASZ) -- The slow westbound lane of I-64 in Huntington is back open after being shut down for several days.

Both westbound lanes between the Hal Greer and 5th Street exits were closed after a crash early Thursday morning.

The fast lane re-opened about 3 p.m. Thursday, but the slow lane remained closed until about 3:45 Monday afternoon.

Officials with the Department of Highways had to repair a concrete bridge abutment and replace about 100 feet of guardrail.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail hit a guardrail on a bridge. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

No one was hurt in the crash.



UPDATE 10/18/13 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The slow westbound lane of I-64 at the 9 mile marker will remain close through Monday after a crash.

The crash happened early Thursday morning between the Hal Greer and 5th Street exits.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail hit a guardrail on a bridge. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

Both westbound lanes were closed for several hours Thursday while crews worked to clean up the scene. The fast lane opened around 3 p.m. while the slow lane remains closed.

Officials with the Department of Highways tells WSAZ.com that crews have started repairs to the concrete bridge abutment that was damaged by the crash.

Crews will have to pour a new concrete wall and replace about 100 feet of guardrail.

Officials say temporary concrete barriers have been placed near the damaged spot.

They say they are keeping the slow lane closed until work is complete because the barriers are close to the roadway and pose safety concerns.

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UPDATE 10/17/13 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The slow, westbound lane of I-64 may remain closed for one to two days following an early morning crash Thursday in the Huntington area.

The crash happened about 4 a.m. between the Hal Greer and 5th Street exits.

The fast lane reopened about 3 p.m.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail hit a guardrail on a bridge. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

The highway shutdown caused traffic jams on I-64 and secondary roads, causing thousands of people to be delayed.

No one was injured in the crash.

Crews have gone home for the day but say they will be back out at the scene Friday morning.

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UPDATE 10/17/13 @ 3 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fast westbound lane of I64 reopened after an early morning crash that caused traffic gridlock in the Huntington area.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. between the Hal Greer and 5th Street exits.

The slow lane remained shut down.

No word when it would reopen.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail hit a guardrail on a bridge. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

The highway shutdown caused traffic jams on I-64 and secondary roads, causing thousands of people to be delayed.

No one was injured in the crash.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 10/17/13 @ 1:35 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- I-64 is still shut down in Huntington after a crash early Thursday morning.

911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that there is no estimate of when the interstate will reopen.

The crash happened about 4 a.m. between the Hal Greer and 5th Street exits.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail hit a guardrail on a bridge. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

No one was injured in the crash.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 10/17/13 @ 10:35 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It could be noon before the westbound lanes of I-64 in Huntington could reopen after an early morning crash.

The crash happened about 4 a.m. between the Hal Greer and 5th Street exits.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail hit a guardrail on a bridge. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

No one was injured in the crash.

The eastbound lanes are not impacted.

Drivers have been detoured off Interstate 64. Route 2 and Route 60 have been backed up as drivers try to find another way into Huntington.

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UPDATE 10/17/13 @ 6:20 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police say the westbound lanes of I-64 in Huntington could be shut down until at least 10 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators say a tractor trailer carrying mail struck the guardrail on a bridge as it went across about 4 a.m. Thursday. That caused the truck to bounce back and forth before finally falling over on its side.

The driver of a propane truck tried to avoid the crash but ended up wedged between the bridge wall and the mail truck.

Police say about 300 gallons of diesel leaked from the mail truck onto the bridge.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/17/13 @ 4:41 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 are shutdown after a tractor trailer overturned between the Hal Greer and 5th St. East exits.

It happened just before 4:30 Thursday morning.

Drivers going through the area will need to find alternate routes. Dispatchers say the road will be shut down for several hours.

Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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