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TRAFFIC ALERT | More than 100 crashes reported across Kanawha Valley

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Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 7:54 AM EST
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UPDATE 1/7/20 @ 6:15 p.m.

More than 107 crashes were reported in Kanawha County during Tuesday's snowstorm, Kanawha County Emergency Management Director C.W. Sigman said.

Sections of both Interstate 77 and 79 were shut down after multiple tractor-trailers jackknifed in the slippery conditions.

"I just took action before I hit anything or damage truck," said truck driver Iya Jilo, who was involved in a crash. "I have to just stop it where I am and I just stop it. Everything is good. I didn't damage my truck. I didn't damage anything. Which is good, but a lot of trucks got jackknifed."

Jilo crashed on I-77 South near the 77/79 split. He said all types of cars were sliding on the road.

"It's been cars in a ditch, can't get up the hill, rear-end collisions, and there have been some injuries," Sigman said. "There doesn't seem to be any catastrophic crashes."

Sigman said around 700 calls were made to Metro 911 during the morning snowstorm. Metro said that's about a 75 percent increase on what they normally get during that timeframe.

"A lot of people were driving too fast," Sigman said. "Just like this morning when I was coming off the hill going towards Metro, I hit a slick spot, but luckily I was going really slow. Otherwise, I might have had issues myself, but I slowed down because I knew the roads were going to be bad."

A major crash on I-79 South near the Mink Shoals exit closed the road from around 9:30 in the morning until around 3 in the afternoon. Drivers were waiting on the road for hours as crews worked to remove the truck carrying two tanker-trailers that crashed through the guardrail.

"When I came in on the interstate around 7:30 this morning, the roads were covered," driver Brittany Humphreys said. "Nothing had been cleared at that point, and people were sliding all over the place, so I can see how this would happen."

Sigman expects the roads to freeze up overnight and cause more problems for the Wednesday morning commute.


UPDATE 1/7/20 @ 2:47 p.m.

Interstate 79 South has reopened after a tractor-trailer crash.

It happened near the Mink Shoals exit Tuesday morning.

Several crashes were reported in the Kanawha Valley due to winter weather.

As many as three tractor-trailers have jackknifed on I-77 near the Sissonville area.


UPDATE 1/7/20 @ 10:30 a.m.

Winter weather is creating problems for drivers across the Kanawha Valley.

As many as three tractor-trailers have jackknifed on I-77 near the Sissonville area.

One of those accidents has been cleared. All southbound lanes are closed in the area. Some portions of the northbound lanes are also closed.

Metro 911 says a tractor-trailer also jackknifed in the soundbound lanes of I-79, just past the Mink Shoals exit. One lane is closed. No injuries have been reported.

Other accidents have been reported across the area. Emergency Management is advising drivers to stay off the roads if possible.


Emergency crews are responding to accidents across the Kanawha Valley.

Kanawha County Emergency Management Director C.W. Sigman tells WSAZ he is advising all drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

"Please slow down. People are still driving like it's dry roads," Sigman said.

According to WV 511, there are multiple accidents causing delays in Kanawha County.

Metro 911 says as of just before 9 a.m., first responders are working to clear the accidents and DOH is working to clear the roads. Continued snow and accumulation is expected.

All lanes of I-77 are closed in the Sissonville area due to a tractor-trailer that jackknifed. No word on any injuries.

Another crash caused congestion near Greenbrier Street at Hemingway Place in Charleston. Greenbrier Street was shut down but has since reopened.

No word if anyone was hurt.

Dispatchers are warning drivers to expect slower moving traffic and slick roadways.

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