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UPDATE: I-64 in Huntington Back Open after Power Line Repair


UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 8:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Interstate 64 reopened Monday night in an area where power lines were brought down by a dump truck earlier in the day -- but not before creating problems for motorists and nearby residents.

As of 8:30 p.m. Monday, a normal traffic flow had resumed, Cabell County 911 dispatchers said.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. Monday between the 29th Street and Hal Greer exits.

Officials with the Huntington Fire Department tell WSAZ.com that a driver of a dump truck hauling asphalt in the construction area had his bed up and pulled down the lines.

Traffic was at a standstill on the interstate for nearly an hour following the accident.

Gary Short lives on Cedar Crest Drive. He says the heat Monday made it a bad day to be without power.

"It's hot and miserable,” Short said. “We had to go out for dinner, which means spending more money."

Short said he wonders how this could happen when there are signs warning of overhead lines near where the accident took place.

"They should have been a lot more cautious, definitely with signs saying there are overhead power lines," Short said.



UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 12:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- I-64 in Huntington will be shut down for up to 2 hours Monday evening as crews replace power lines that were brought down by a dump truck Monday morning

It happened about 7:30 a.m. between the 29th Street and Hal Greer exits.

Officials with the Huntington Fire Department tell WSAZ.com that a driver of a dump truck hauling asphalt in the construction area had his bed up and pulled down the lines.

Traffic was at a standstill on the interstate for nearly an hour following the accident.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation says crews will begin replacing the lines starting at 6:30 Monday evening.

During this the time, the interstate will be closed down in both directions.

Drivers will need to find an alternate route.

The downed line have left about 200 people without power in the Huntington area.

The work is expected to take about two hours.

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UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 8:15 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Traffic is moving again along Interstate 64 in Cabell County.

Both westbound and eastbound lanes were closed in the construction zone near the 29th Street exit early Monday morning when power lines fell on the highway.

For more than a hour, traffic was at a standstill between the 29th Street and Hal Greer exits near Huntington.

The eastbound lanes reopened about 8:15 a.m., about 10 minutes after the westbound lanes reopened to traffic.

Huntington Deputy Fire Chief Brian Grieco tells WSAZ.com that a driver of a dump truck hauling asphalt in the construction area had his bed up and pulled down the lines.

No one was hurt.

Grieco says at some point Monday, the interstate will have to be shut down for a short time so crews can re-hang the lines.

The downed lines knocked out power to about 200 customers in the Huntington area, according to the AEP website.

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UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 8:05 a.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the 29th Street exit are back open to traffic after power lines were down on the road.

However, the eastbound lanes remain closed to traffic.

The interstate was closed in both directions about 7:30 a.m. Monday when power lines were found crossing the road.

Again, the eastbound lanes of I-64 remain closed in the area of the new Life Victory Church. All eastbound traffic is getting off at Hal Greer Boulevard.

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



ORIGINAL STORY
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Traffic is at a standstill along Interstate 64 in Cabell County due to power lines crossing the road.

911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the power lines are down near the 29 Street exit at mile marker 14. That's in the area of the construction near the new Life Victory Church.

Emergency crews have both the eastbound and westbound lanes closed between the 29th Street and Hal Greer exits.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area. No word how long the interstate will be closed.

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


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