UPDATE: Driver Indicted on Firearms Charges in I-79 Crash that Involved Drugs, Guns & Live Chickens

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email
Seth Grim, 21, of Pennsylvania, was involved in a crash in August that closed Interstate 79 in Roane County for several hours. Grim was hauling 35 live chickens in his vehicle during the crash.

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UPDATE 9/30/14 @ 9:20 p.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Pennsylvania has been indicted on charges of carrying firearms during state-to-state commerce and using a controlled substance, according to information from U.S. District Court.

Seth Grim, 21, was involved in a crash in August that closed Interstate 79 in Roane County for several hours. Grim was hauling 35 live chickens in his SUV during the crash.

According to the federal indictment, Grim was in possession of three firearms at the time, including a .22-caliber Ruger rifle. According to the criminal complaint, a quart jar with what appeared to be marijuana was found in the front seat of the SUV.

Grim told investigators he was heading south near the Amma exit when his dog tried to get out of his vehicle, causing him to lose control.



UPDATE 8/22/14 @ 9:45 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Pennsylvania has been arrested after a crash that closed Interstate 79 in Roane County for several hours.

According to the criminal complaint, Seth Grim, 21, of Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. West Virginia State Police say more charges could be filed in the case.

Roane County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com Grim told investigators he was heading south near the Amma exit when his dog tried to get out of vehicle, causing him to lose control. The crash was reported just after 4 a.m. Friday.

Deputies say Grim was hauling 35 live chickens in the vehicle. When they arrived on scene several of them were out of the vehicle.

When investigators searched the vehicle, deputies say they found weapons and what they call a "questionable" item. That's when they called a bomb tech from Williamson to the scene to investigate.

Troopers tell WSAZ.com marijuana, guns and improvised devices were taken from the vehicle. The bomb tech took the items to the West Virginia State Police Crime lab for further testing.

According to the criminal complaint, a quart jar with what appeared to be marijuana was found in the front seat of the SUV.

Deputies say Grim suffered upper body injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment and then taken into custody. Grim is now at South Central Regional Jail.

The crash closed Interstate 79 in both directions near Amma for more than four hours before reopening about 8:20 a.m. Friday.

No other information is being released at this time.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 8/22/14 @ 8:25 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Interstate 79 in Roane County is now back open to traffic after a crash involving a vehicle carrying live chickens and what investigators call a "questionable" item.

Roane County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com the driver of the SUV told investigators he was heading south near the Amma exit when his dog tried to get out of vehicle, causing him to lose control. The crash was reported just after 4 a.m. Friday.

Deputies say the man was hauling 35 live chickens in the vehicle. When they arrived on scene several of them were out of the vehicle.

When investigators searched the vehicle, deputies say they found weapons and what they call a "questionable" item. That's when they called a bomb tech from Williamson to the scene to investigate.

State Police tells WSAZ.com marijuana, guns and improvised devices were taken from the vehicle. The bomb tech took the items to the West Virginia State Police Crime lab for further testing.

State Police say Seth Grim, 21, of Pennsylvania, was the driver.

Deputies say Grim suffered upper body injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment and then taken into custody. Grim is now at South Central Regional Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Grim is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

The crash closed Interstate 79 in both directions near Amma for more than four hours before reopening about 8:20 a.m. Friday.

No other information is being released at this time.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 8/22/14 @ 8:10 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Traffic is starting to move along Interstate 79 in Roane County after a crash caused a bomb tech to be called to the scene.

Roane County Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the SUV which was heading south on the highway crashed just after 4 a.m. Friday.

Emergency crews say they found something questionable in the vehicle and a bomb tech from Williamson has been called to investigate. At that time, crews closed I-79 in both directions.

Dispatchers also say there were 35 live chickens in the vehicle that had to be gathered up.

Just before 8 a.m., one northbound lane and one southbound lane reopened to traffic.

The driver was hurt and taken to a local hospital.

Emergency crews are in the process of towing the vehicle.

The extent of his injuries are not known at this time.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A single-car accident near the Amma Exit of 1-79 has closed both the north and southbound lanes.

The lanes are closed between the Wallback and Amma Exits in Roane County.

Roane County Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the SUV which was heading south on the highway crashed just after 4 a.m. Friday.

Emergency crews say they found something questionable in the vehicle and a bomb tech from Williamson has been called to investigate.

Dispatchers also say there were 35 live chickens in the vehicle that had to be gathered up.

The driver was hurt and taken to a local hospital.

The extent of his injuries are not known at this time.

Again, Interstate 79 near the Amma exit is closed in both directions. Emergency crews are working to set up a detour for drivers.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com there's still no word when the road will reopen.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.


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