UPDATE: Man recounts rushing to teenager's aid after fatal crash

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 1/17/18 @ 6:30 p.m.
The aftermath of a tragedy often extends far beyond the scene of a crash.

"Yeah, it's sad. I think about the families, you know," Joseph Martin says the day after a deadly Interstate 64 crash on Tuesday. "It's a time to mourn."

Martin is an evangelist and lives in Putnam County. He drove through the accident scene immediately after it happened Tuesday. He would not have been in the area usually at that time of day, but he was in Barboursville for a doctor's appointment and his wife got off work early due to the wintry weather.

"We met and had lunch at Olive Garden," he explains. "We prayed. We prayed over our meal, and we prayed and asked the Lord to get us home safe."

On the way home, he says the section of the interstate was slicker than it looked.

"A car had crashed in front of my wife, and she was able to pass through," Martin says.

Milton Police say Bridgett Sacks, 19, of Eleanor, lost control, eventually crashing into the back of a tractor-trailer. Sacks was a Marshall University student.

Martin drove by after and ran back to the scene to help.

"And I went around to the driver's side, and I put my hand on her arm and tried to talk to her. Are you OK? Are you OK? Can you talk to me? So I began to pray."

Martin wants Sacks' family and friends to know that she went peacefully.

"There was no suffering, no appearance of suffering at all," he said. "I wish my prayer would have called her back and yet maybe it wasn't supposed to."

His prayer now is for healing and peace for Sacks' loved ones.

"Sometimes we just have to bite our lip and trust," he said.

Martin also says that the driver of the tractor-trailer is a hero. The man was parked in the emergency lane when Sacks' car crashed into the truck he was driving. Martin says the driver flagged down traffic and prevented an even larger pileup.



UPDATE 1/17/18 @ 12:05 p.m.
Milton Police have released the name of the person killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon on I-64 East.

Bridgett Sacks, 19, of Eleanor, died in the accident.

Police say Sacks was a student at Marshall University.

Officers say Sacks' vehicle lost control on slick roads, hit the guardrail and slid into the back of a tractor trailer stopped in the emergency lane.

Another crash happened in the area after a vehicle ran into the median and was hit by two separate vehicles in two different events.

Three people were taken to the hospital after those crashes.

Police say I-64 East was closed for four hours while the crashes were investigated.

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UPDATE 1/16/17 @ 5:10 p.m.
I-64 East has reopened Tuesday afternoon after a fatal crash that involved multiple vehicles near Milton, our crew at the scene reports.

The accident was reported at 12:47 p.m. between the Milton and Barboursville exits.

Crews at the scene say there were three crashes, involving five vehicles. Two of the crashes were primarily caused by the fatal accident.

The fatal accident occurred when a car hit a parked semi on the side of the I-64.

Milton Police say weather was a factor in the crash.

The victim has not been identified publicly, but Milton Police say the person is from Putnam County and their family has been notified.



UPDATE 1/16/18 @ 1:45 p.m.
The Cabell County Sheriff confirms that one person has died in a crash involving several vehicles near Milton.

The accident was reported at 12:47 p.m. between the Milton and Barboursville exits.

Crews at the scene say there were three crashes, involving five vehicles. Two of the crashes were primarily caused by the fatal accident.

The fatal accident occurred when a car hit a parked semi on the side of the I-64.

Milton Police Officer Anthony Adkins says weather appears to be a factor in the crash.

"Judging from the statements we were able to gather, it seems like the weather took a big toll into the accident," Adkins said.

Crews are expected to be on scene cleaning up the accident for a while. Drivers are urged to avoid the area.

The eastbound lanes of I-64 are closed at this time, according to WV 511.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY
The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Cabell County are closed due to a crash.

The accident was reported at 12:47 p.m. between the Milton and Barboursville exits.

Cabell County 911 dispatchers say at least four cars are involved in the crash.

Dispatchers say three ambulances have been sent to the scene, but the extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

Crews are expected to be on scene cleaning up the accident for a while. Drivers are urged to avoid the area.

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




 
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