EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSStorm Could Be To Blame For Several Serious Accidents
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Reported by: Elizabeth Noreika
Web Producer: Elizabeth Noreika
Reported: Jul. 2, 2013 6:57 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 9:41 AM EDT
Cross Lanes , Kanawha County , West Virginia
We have an update an accident just outside of Dunbar that sent three people to the hospital.
It happened around 6:30pm on Washington Street West, near the DHHR building.
Deputies say a truck and a sports utility vehicle crashed head-on. The driver of the sports utility vehicle and two people in the truck all had to be cut out of the vehicle.
Paramedics say the driver of the SUV suffered severe injuries.
Deputies are trying to determine if the weather played a role in the accident.
Both lanes of Washington Street West were closed in the area for more than an hour while crews cleared the scene.
Also around 6:45 p.m., as the heavy rain was moving through the area, two major accidents on I-64 backed up traffic for miles in the westbound lanes.
The first wreck happened near the Cross Lanes Exit.
Dispatchers say five vehicles were involved, and several people had to be taken to the hospital.
Moments later, near the Nitro Exit, four vehicles wrecked. No word on the conditions of those victims.
*picture of Washington St. West wreck outside of Dunbar
A fast moving storm could be to blame for several serious wrecks on area roads tonight says dispatchers.
The first happened around 6:30 at mile marker 47 on I-64 westbound.
Dispatchers say 5 vehicles wrecked and one person was thrown from their vehicle. All westbound lanes of I-64 in this area are shut down at this time.
The second accident on I-64 happened at the 45 mile marker. Dispatchers say 4 vehicles wrecked in this area and there is heavy entrapment.
Outside of Dunbar, dispatchers say 2 cars crashed head on, injuring 4 people. We're told one of those vehicles is on fire. It happened at 4216 Washington Street West off of Woodrum Lane near the DHHR office. Road closed in both directions.
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