UPDATE: Victim's name released; semi driver charged in fatal I-77 accident

Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 9:56 PM EDT
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UPDATE 3/31/17 @ 10:45 a.m.

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A tractor-trailer driver is facing charges after leaving the scene of a deadly accident Thursday night on Interstate 77.

West Virginia State Police say Sergiy Grebinnyk, 61, from Ukraine, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death and giving false information to law enforcement.

The accident happened Thursday night, just south of the Kenna exit of I-77.

The man driving a pickup truck involved in the accident died. Troopers say the man is Bradlee Haynes, 33, of Kenna.

Troopers say the pickup truck Haynes was driving got stuck under the semi and was dragged for more than half a mile before coming detached.

"It may have been one of the most heavily damaged vehicles that I have seen in my career," State Police Sgt. K.M. Gilley said.

According to State Police, Grebinnyk drove another 1.5 miles before stopping.

"The semi truck driver was actually trying to discard evidence that was attached to his truck. And there was no indication that he was going to return to the scene or that he attempted to call 911," Gilley said.

Troopers also say Grebinnyk also lied about his service records.

Ja'Quan, who was traveling from Virginia back home to Ohio, says he and his family witnessed the accident.

"The Ford truck was on the rail and the semi was closing in on him. They were sliding and the semi kept dragging the truck," Ja'Quan said.

Ja'Quan says he and his mother, who is a nurse, pulled their vehicle over to try to help Haynes, but turned to prayer when they realized it was too late.

"My mom, we stood there and hugged," he said. "We just prayed that everything was going to be alright."

Troopers say the accident is still under investigation, and Sergiy Grebinnyk could face additional charges.

It is still unclear which trucking company Grebinnyk works for.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and for the latest information.

UPDATE 3/30/17 @ 11:10 p.m.

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Interstate 77 North has reopened late Thursday night after a crash that killed one person, Jackson County 911 dispatchers say.

The accident was reported about 9:45 p.m. near the 124 mile-marker, just south of the Kenna exit, and involved a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer.

The name of the person killed has not been released yet.


JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both Interstate 77 northbound lanes are closed Thursday night after a deadly crash in the Kenna area, authorities say.

One person has died, the Jackson County EMS chief tells WSAZ.

The accident was reported about 9:45 p.m. near the 124 mile-marker, just south of the Kenna exit.

It reportedly involved a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck.

No other details are available at this time.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and for the latest information.