UPDATE | Name released in deadly I-79 crash

Published: Jan. 27, 2020 at 7:04 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/27/20 @ 6:35 a.m..

The name of the person killed in a crash on Interstate 79 South in Kanawha County Monday night has been released.

According to a news release from Sheriff Mike Rutherford, Charles Keith Asbury, 37-years-old of Charleston, died in the crash.

It happened at mile marker 3 between Big Chimney and Mink Shoals.

Deputies say it appears Asbury was watching videos on his phone at the time of the crash.

Deputies said Asbury's sedan struck the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer.

Both vehicles were in motion, going south on I-79.

The driver of the tractor trailer wasn't injured.

UPDATE 1/27/20 @ 11:25 p.m.

Interstate 79 South is back open late Monday night after a deadly crash earlier that evening in the Big Chimney area.

One person died in the accident which involved two vehicles.

The crash was reported just after 6:30 p.m. near the 3-mile marker.

The victim's name has not been released at this time. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


Two southbound lanes of I-79 in Kanawha County are shut down Monday evening due to a fatal accident.

Metro 911 dispatchers say two vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened in the Big Chimney area. The crash was reported just after 6:30 p.m.

One person is dead, but there is no word yet on any other injuries.

According to Metro 911, I-79 South in the area of the accident (near the 3-mile maker) will be shut down for several hours. The Department of Highways will be diverting traffic off I-79 at the Big Chimney exit and allow drivers to get back on at Mink Shoals.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for more information.

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