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I-64E in Putnam County reopens after vehicle fire in same spot as fatal crash

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Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM EDT
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UPDATE 8/22/16 @ 11:25 a.m.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Traffic is moving again in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Putnam County after a vehicle caught on fire in the same spot where a fatal accident closed the road for more than 12 hours last week.

The latest incident happened in the eastbound lanes about 10:30 a.m. Monday at mile marker 40, according to 911 dispatchers. That's near the Scott Depot exit.

One lane was closed in that area for about an hour while crews were on the scene trying to put out the fire. The lane has since reopened, but traffic was backed up for miles during the closure.

Last week a tractor trailer was headed east on I-64 in that same area when it crossed the median and caused a chain reaction crash. The impact caused a fire where one person was killed and eight others were taken to the hospital.


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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Traffic is at a standstill on Interstate 64 in Putnam County after a vehicle caught on fire in the same spot where a fatal accident closed the road for more than 12 hours last week.

The latest incident happened in the eastbound lanes about 10:30 a.m. Monday at mile marker 40, according to 911 dispatchers. That's near the Scott Depot exit.

Right now, one lane is closed in that area and traffic is backed up for miles.

No other information is being released at this time.

Last week a tractor trailer was headed east on I-64 when it crossed the median and caused a chain reaction crash. The impact caused a fire where one person was killed and eight others were taken to the hospital.

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