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UPDATE: Log Truck Accident Causes Chaotic Commute in Charleston

By: Cathleen Moxley, Anna Baxter, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Anna Baxter, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/20/13 @ 6:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A log truck accident on Interstate 64 caused chaos during the morning commute across the Kanawha Valley.

The truck rolled over about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, spilling logs onto the eastbound lanes near the Oakwood Road exit.

The accident closed the eastbound lanes of I-64 for almost six hours.

“It's the worst kind of accident you can have because they're all over the place. It's just hard trying to get them cleaned up,” Brian Jones with the Charleston Police Department said.

“It took me about an hour to get to work today,” Michael Gregg of St. Albans said.

Gregg's morning commute only takes about 15 minutes most days.

He doesn't take the interstate, but because nobody else could either, all roads leading east into the city were backed up for miles.

“It looked like a parking lot -- bumper to bumper,” Gregg said. “No matter which way you came from St. Albans, it was bumper to bumper.”

Because the accident happened overnight, the cleanup took longer than usual.

“We just had a hard time pulling the resources to get that stuff out of the road quickly,” WVDOT spokesperson Brent Walker said. “We had hoped that we could have cleaned that up and kept traffic moving before seven, but it didn't happen that way.”

So the WVDOT put a plan into action: using digital signs, the 511 system and social media to inform drivers about the crash and what detours to take.

“Any way you slice it, though, because it was the morning rush hour and you had people coming into the city, you were in for some delays,” Walker said.

“I'm sure they did the best they could possibly do given the situation,” Gregg said.

All eastbound lanes finally reopened about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the log truck suffered minor injuries from the crash. Police say it is possible he could be cited for failing to maintain his truck.



UPDATE 2/20/13 @ 9:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Charleston have reopened to traffic.

The interstate has been closed since 3:30 a.m.

Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers say a log truck overturned and lost its load near the Oakwood exit.

No one was hurt in the accident, but it took crews nearly six hours to clear the road.

The interstate reopened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.



UPDATE @ 8:10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More traffic problems have been reported due to a log truck accident near the Oakwood exit in Charleston.

The accident was reported about 3:30 a.m. just past the Oakwood exit.

Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers say the truck overturned and lost its load just past the exit. The eastbound lanes are still closed in the area.

No one was hurt in the accident. However, crews are still working to remove all the logs from the interstate. Right now, crews estimate the eastbound lanes will reopen by 9 a.m.

Right now, Charleston Police are diverting traffic off of the Oakwood Road exit, but 911 reports eastbound traffic is backed all the way to MacCorkle Avenue.

At 8:15 a.m., police shut down the Montrose entrance ramp and the Kanawha Turnpike entrance ramp to help eliminate some of the heavy traffic in the area.

The westbound lanes are open and traffic is moving in that direction.

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



UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Charleston are expected to reopen by 9 a.m. Wednesday after a log truck overturned.

The accident was reported about 3:30 a.m. just past the Oakwood exit.

No one was hurt in the accident. However, it has taken crews hours to remove all the logs from the road.

Charleston Police are diverting traffic off of the Oakwood Road exit while crews work to cleanup the debris.

Drivers can also get off the Montrose exit and take MacCorkle Avenue over the Patrick Street Bridge to get to downtown Charleston.

The westbound lanes are open and traffic is moving in that direction.

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



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Metro 911 tells WSAZ.com a log truck has rolled over on Interstate 64 in Charleston.

The rollover occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the 58 mile marker, where Interstate 64 crosses over the Kanawha River.

There were no injuries.

Traffic is being diverted off of I-64 East at the Oakwood Rd. exit. at this time, while crews work to cleanup the debris.

Drivers can also get off the Montrose exit and take MacCorkle Avenue over the Patrick Street Bridge to get to downtown Charleston.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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