UPDATE: Authorities release name of Belpre man killed in I-77 accident

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 02/18/18 11:00 P.M.

Authorities have released the name of the Washington County man killed in a crash involving a semi on I-77 in Wood County on Sunday morning.

He's identified as David Wheeler, 40, of Belpre.

Wood County Sheriff deputies say the accident happened around 6:30 a.m. near milepost 183 in Wood County.

Deputies say Wheeler was traveling north on I-77 when his Toyota went off the highway and struck a vehicle broken down on the shoulder. No one was in the vehicle.

Authorities say Wheeler's car became disabled after he pulled back into the northbound lanes of the interstate.

After getting out of the vehicle, Wheeler and his car where then hit by a semi. The semi's driver told deputies he did not have enough time to stop.

Wheeler's body was found in the southbound lanes. The driver of the semi did not suffer life-threatening injuries.


UPDATE: 02/18/18 9:50 A.M.

One person has been killed in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 77, authorities say.

The accident between the Emerson Avenue and Williamstown exits Sunday morning temporarily closed the interstate in both directions, but one lane northbound lane has been re-opened.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says one person died in the crash involving a car and two tractor trailers.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

We'll update this story online and during our regularly scheduled newscasts.


ORIGINAL STORY: 02/18/18 9:33 A.M.

All lanes of Interstate 77 between the Emerson Avenue and Williamstown exits are currently closed because of a multi-vehicle accident.

That's according to a dispatch supervisor at the Wood County 911 center, who says the Wood County Sheriff's office and other first responders are on scene.

Additional details are not available at this time. We'll have updates online as they become available.



 
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