Accident Shuts Down I-77 For More Than Five Hours

By: By: Larry Shields
By: By: Larry Shields

November 2, 2006--

An accident shut down parts of I-77 in Jackson County for more than four hours on Wednesday. Jackson County dispatchers say a tractor trailer jack-knifed around 7:00 P.M. then two cars ran into the trailer between the Pocatalico and Goldtown exits. Emergency crews had to cut one of the people out of the cars. That person person was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital.

The northbound lanes remained closed more than five hours after the accident. Dispatchers say they called West Virginia Department of Highway to the scene to clean up a diesel spill just after the accident - but that crew didn't arrive until after 11:00 P.M.

Some drivers were able to exit at the Pocatalico exit, but many people could just sit on the highway waiting for the spill to be cleared and the interstate to reopen. Dispatchers say at one point Jackson County Sheriffs Deputies had to be called back to the scene to deal with irate drivers. No arrests were reported.

As of Midnight Thursday, the northbound lanes of I-77 were still closed.

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