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Traffic moving on I-64 East again after semi rollover

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 2:33 AM EST
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UPDATE 11/29/21 @ 1:30 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - With the help of traffic flaggers, Interstate 64 East reopened to traffic Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, crews were clearing debris after a crash Monday morning involving a tractor-trailer.

The crash happened a little after 2 a.m. Monday near the 29th Street exit.

Emergency crews had been removing debris and a fuel leak after the semi overturned.

They also had to clean up coke, a by-product of iron, which the truck was hauling to South Carolina.

Barboursville Police tell WSAZ it all started when the driver went to grab his cup of coffee in the cabin.

“We actually confirmed it with [the driver’s in-vehicle] camera. He actually took a drink of coffee and got strangled and lost control of his vehicle,” said Sgt. Brian Vickers with the Barboursville Police Department. “You can’t help that, you can’t. It’s something that’s hard to respond to. I mean, you get choked up, it’s kind of a medical condition at that point.”

The driver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and is expected to recover.

Traffic on U.S. Route 60 was backed up from HIMG through the Merritt’s Creek interchange.

Drivers were at a standstill, going less than 10 mph through the heart of it.

Westbound traffic on I-64 is unaffected.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Interstate 64 East is closed at the 29th Street exit after a semi overturned.

The crash happened a little after 2 Monday morning.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted off at the 29th St. exit, to Rt. 60 where vehicles can get back onto I-64 at either Merritts Creek or the Huntington Mall.

Westbound traffic on I-64 is unaffected.

Dispatchers tell us there is no word on injuries but there is fuel leakage from the crash that is causing the shutdown.

Eastbound lanes are expected to be shutdown for several hours.

Keep clicking WSAZ.com and the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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