UPDATE: Name released in fatal wrong-way crash on I-64

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Published: Feb. 17, 2017 at 4:26 AM EST
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UPDATE 2/17/17 @ 4 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police have released the name of the man killed Friday morning in a wrong way car crash on Interstate 64.

Dwayne Bowman Jr., 23, of Huntington was killed in the crash.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says HPD got a call, around 4 a.m. Friday, of a driver going westbound in the eastbound lanes around the 17-mile marker.

Officers tried to intercept the car, but Bowman was going too fast for them to stop it.

Chief Joe Ciccarelli says two officers tried to stop the car. Bowman sped past the first officer, Ciccarelli said.

Bowman then collided head-on with a tractor-trailer and died at the scene.

Chief Ciccarelli says the second officer was beside the trailer when the crash occurred.

"It's clear that those officers knew ahead of time what they were facing and willingly put themselves at risk to try and prevent from happening what did happen," Ciccarelli said. "Very easily, either one of those officers could have been killed."

Police are considering alcohol as a factor in the crash but will need confirmation from an autopsy.

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UPDATE 2/17/17 @ 10:35 a.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of I-64 are back open after a fatal crash Friday morning.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says HPD got a call, around 4 a.m. Friday, of a driver going westbound in the eastbound lanes around the 17 mile marker.

Officers tried to intercept the car but the driver was going too fast for them to stop it.

The driver then collided head-on with a tractor trailer and he died at the scene. Police are considering alcohol as a factor in the crash but will need confirmation from an autopsy.


UPDATE 2/17/17 @ 6:20 a.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of I-64 remain closed at the 5th Street exit following a deadly head-on crash.

That portion of the interstate is expected to be closed until at least noon.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says HPD got a call, around 4 a.m. Friday, of a driver going westbound in the eastbound lanes around the 17 mile marker.

Officers tried to intercept the car but the driver was going too fast for them to stop it.

The driver then collided head-on with a tractor trailer and he died at the scene. Police are considering alcohol as a factor in the crash but will need confirmation from an autopsy.

The tractor trailer was carrying a blasting agent but it is a stable material and will need to be removed to another truck before the scene can be cleared.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/17/17 @ 4:15 a.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of I-64 are closed at the 5th St. exit after a car going the wrong way crashed head-on into a tractor trailer.

The crash happened about 4 Friday morning near the exit Cabell County 9-1-1 had received calls of a car going the wrong way near 29th St. just moments before the crash.

There's no word on the extent of injuries.

We have a crew head to the scene.

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