UPDATE: Latest Crash Raises Concerns Over Stretch of Interstate 64

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UPDATE 10/28/15 @ 6:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A crash that happened Tuesday night on Interstate 64 near Institute was the latest in a series of accidents in what is becoming known as a problem area.

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a semi-truck went over an embankment near the 50-mile marker of I-64, closing part of the road for nearly 10 hours. It's the fifth serious accident on that section of the Interstate since Aug. 17.

"This area has been a hot spot for us, and has been on our radar through the years, because of the nature of that curve there," said West Virginia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Carrie Bly. "A lot of these crashes, we're seeing speed is a factor. And also, in some of these, it's been raining."

The speed limit in that area of I-64 is 70 mph. However, there are signs warning drivers of large trucks to slow down to 55 mph.

"If you have a vehicle that we're suggesting go 55, that is not going 55, and it's raining ... those are conditions for crashes and accidents to happen," Bly said.

There have been 383 accidents on the 3-mile stretch of I-64 between Cross Lanes and Institute since Jan. 1, 2012. One hundred eight of those accidents have been in 2015. However, with an average of 66,610 cars driving through that area every day, the accident rate is actually lower than the statewide average.

"If we were having these crash issues, and we had the crash and fatality rates higher than the statewide average, we would be more likely to push for some drastic changes. But, because it's remaining under the average, we just think that maybe it's an issue that drivers need to do their part," Bly said. "We're certainly going to keep an eye on it, and maybe come up with what we can do. But, with those signs already being in place, we think that it's just an issue of speed here."

The driver in Tuesday's accident escaped serious injuries. Since 2012, there has only been one fatal accident on that stretch of the interstate.



UPDATE 10/28/15 @ 4:40 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of I-64 have re-opened in Institute, more than 10 hours after a semi went over an embankment.

Crews pulled the semi back out a little after 3 Wednesday morning.

The eastbound semi went over an embankment in an area where similar crashes have happened in the last few months.

It happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday near the 50-mile marker.

The driver escaped serious injuries and is expected to be OK. No one else was hurt.



UPDATE 10/27/15 @ 11:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in the Institute area may not reopen until 5 a.m. Wednesday because of a tractor-trailer crash Tuesday night, emergency crews at the scene say.

The eastbound semi went over an embankment in an area where similar crashes have happened in the last few months.

It happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday near the 50-mile marker.

The driver escaped serious injuries and is expected to be OK. No one else was hurt.

At this time, eastbound traffic is being diverted off of the interstate at the St. Albans exit.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/27/15 @ 8:22 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 remain closed late Tuesday night in the Institute area because of a crash earlier in the evening, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

It was reported just after 8 p.m. Tuesday near the 50-mile marker. It involved a tractor-trailer that went over an embankment in an area where similar crashes have happened in the last few months.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, traffic was being diverted off the interstate onto Route 25.

There is no word on injuries at this time.

We have a crew at the scene.

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