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UPDATE: Funeral Set for Woman Killed after Semi Loses Part of Load

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

UPDATE 7/1/14 @ 10:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Funeral services are planned Wednesday for the Huntington East Middle School librarian killed in a weekend crash near Interstate 64.

Catherine Dray, 42, was killed after a semi lost part of its load, hitting Dray and her husband on the motorcycle they were riding.

Dray's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chapman's Mortuary in Huntington.

She worked the last 18 years as a teacher and librarian within Cabell County Schools.



UPDATE 6/30/14 @ 6:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friends and colleagues are remembering a woman whose life was cut short far too soon.

By all accounts, Catherine Dray was a fun-loving, outgoing person who lived life to the fullest. But this past Saturday, her life came to a tragic end when the motorcycle she and her husband Michael were riding was hit by a steel pipe thrown from a tractor-trailer on Interstate 64. It was truly a freak accident, according to investigators.

"This is a heartbreaking incident," Huntington Police Department Capt. Hank Dial said. "There's no reason for it, or nothing that someone on the motorcycle could have done differently that could have helped it. This is one of those things that a lot of bad things combined to make one heartbreaking incident."

Catherine's co-workers at Huntington East Middle School say it still doesn't feel real.

"Disbelief," Principal Frank Barnett said. "It just couldn't happen. A million different things just rush through your mind."

Catherine was the librarian at the school. Barnett says her room is still filled with memories of what used to be.

"One of her big things were pink flamingos in her room," Barnett said. "I was walking around yesterday in Lowes, and there was this display of pink flamingos, and it just rushes back. It's tough."

Barnett says moving on won't be easy, but he knows Catherine will never be forgotten.

"We may fill the position, but we'll never replace the person."



UPDATE 6/30/14 @ 1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have released details on that fatal accident where steel rods fell off a semi and struck a motorcycle, killing one of the people on the motorcycle.

Catherine Dray, 42, of Huntington, died at a Huntington hospital following the accident that happened at the West 17th Street entrance ramp to I-64 in Huntington Saturday evening.

Her husband, Mike, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he is listed in fair condition.

Investigators say the semi was traveling west on I-64 nearing the exit when the restraint holding steel rods in place on the trailer broke loose and two of the rods fell off. Those rods then rolled onto the westbound exit ramp. One of the steel rods continued rolling to the bottom of the exit ramp, crossing the concrete divider and striking the Dray’s motorcycle which was heading toward the interstate.

The front wheel of the motorcycle was severed upon impact with the steel rod. The couple was ejected.

Police say Catherine was a passenger on the motorcycle.

The driver of the semi owned by PFT Trucking, Luther Maynard, was issued a citation for an unsecured load.

The damaged pavement from the impact of the steel rods also damaged another vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation.



UPDATE 6/30/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the two people on a motorcycle that was hit by a steel cylinder that fell off a tractor trailer has died.

Catherine Dray, of Huntington, died following the accident that happened at the West 17th Street entrance ramp to I-64 in Huntington Saturday evening.

Her husband, Mike, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition.

The semi was crossing a bridge on I-64 when one of the steel cylinders fell off the semi’s trailer and hit Dray’s motorcycle that was on the eastbound entrance ramp road below the bridge.

Dray was the librarian at Huntington East Middle School, according to a spokesperson for Cabell County Schools.

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UPDATE 6/29/14 @ 6:36 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A married couple was transported to the hospital with serious injuries after the motorcycle they were riding crashed.

The crash was between a motorcycle and tractor trailer on I-64 on the 17th street bridge.

A witness to the crash says the truck was carrying some kind of large steel beams, and that one of those beams rolled off the truck. causing the motorcycle to crash.

Mike and Catherine Dray were on the motorcycle. Both were taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Mike is at the St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington and is in fair condition, but no information is being release on Catherine's condition at this time.



UPDATE 6/29/14 @ 12:00 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All lanes of Interstate 64 were reopened after a crash stopped traffic.

Cabell County 911 Dispatch tells WSAZ.com the exit closed on Interstate 64 for about eight hours. Drivers were diverted to the 5th Street Exit.

Dispatchers say it was opened back up to traffic around 2 a.m. Saturday night.

A motorcycle and tractor trailer collided early Saturday evening on the bridge. Two people were taken to the hospital but the extent of injuries are unknown.

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UPDATE 6/28/14 @ 7:00 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A crash has closed the 17th Street West Bridge in Cabell County.

Cabell County 911 Dispatch tells WSAZ.com the exit is closed on Interstate 64. Drivers are being diverted to the 5th Street Exit.

A motorcycle and tractor trailer collided early Saturday evening on the bridge. Two people were taken to the hospital but the extent of injuries are unknown.

Keep clicking WSAZ.com for more information as it becomes available.



ORIGINAL STORY
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A crash has closed the 17th Street West Bridge in Cabell County.

It happened just before 5:30 Saturday evening.

Cabell County dispatch tells WSAZ.com a tractor trailer and motorcycle have crashed.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area while crews work to clean-up the scene and investigate what caused the crash.

There are injuries reported but the extent is not yet known.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will keep you posted with the latest information as it becomes available.


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