UPDATE: I-77 Multi-Car Accident Details

By: Allison Rhea, Brittany Lowe Email
By: Allison Rhea, Brittany Lowe Email

UPDATE: 1/3/12 12:00PM

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieut. Mary Pfeifer says a total of 32 vehicles with 2 semi-trucks were involved in the multi-car accident, with many vehicles with heavy damage.

Six were injured, five of which were transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital and one refusing transportation.

The south bound lanes of I-77 were shut down for three hours and 29 minutes total, with traffic being redirected onto SR 821..

Ohio Department of Transportation did traffic control and provided shelter at the Macksburg outpost for those involved.
UPDATE: 1/2/12 5:00PM

All lanes of I-77 in Noble County are open after a multi-vehicle wreck that sent four to the hospital.

Stay tuned to WTAP News for the latest.

UPDATE: 1/2/12 4:00PM

We're getting a better idea of how many were injured in the crash.

Sheriff Larry Mincks tells us four people have been taken to area hospitals and one dog is also getting treatment.

The number of vehicles involved has been scaled back to 22 in total.

Red Cross is set up at the ODOT facility near exit 16 to help people find lodging, rent cars and communicate with family.

Sheriff Mincks says there was a separate accident at exit 25 in Caldwell.

Details are scarce on what exactly happened there.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating with the help of the Washington Co. Sheriff's Office.
UPDATE: 1/2/12

A section of Interstate 77 South has been closed by ODOT due to the wreck involving multiple vehicles.

According to the district's Public Information Officer, they hope to have the road opened within the next couple of hours, weather permitting.

Motorists will encounter the closure near the Caldwell exit, continuing to the Macksburg exit.

Six Washington County Fire Departments and area law enforcement are responding to a major accident on I-77 South, Monday afternoon.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says it happened at mile post 18 in Noble County.

He says 10-12 tractor trailers are involved.

Injuries are unknown.

Stay tuned to WTAP.com for the latest.

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  • by Jodi Location: Johnson on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:59 AM
    My daughter and I was in that accident and I just want to say it was truly an experience. I thank GOD for covering me and my baby with his ANGELS. Everyone on the scene was very comforting!! I was in the silver truck in the corner. One car before the semi. GOD has given us all a second chance at life! Be wise! Some people don't get that chance. GOD is good,
  • by Angie Location: Newport on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    I was driving Monday early afternoon on North-bound I77 and a white out hit. I told my daughter to take a picture because it was so odd how quickly it came on. Then a few minutes later it was gone. I had her take another picture of it clear. I read in the Marietta Times today that OH Highway Patrol Lt. Mary Pfeifer said, "I've not heard anything about a whiteout or anything like that but I have heard there may have been some ice on the bridge." From personally driving, I know there was a total whiteout. One second you were driving with several miles visability and the next second you could barely see 20 feet in front of you.
  • by Leighann Location: Goldsboro NC on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:02 PM
    I was traveling home to NC from Ohio and came up along this accident almost right after it happened. I was following the ambulance to the scene. My son and 2 dogs sat in traffic for about 40 min and then were crawling in one lane to get around a semi that came across from the Northbound lane. Was diverted quickly and then came across another standstill in Charleston WV and ended up staying the night in a hotel right off 77 to avoid being caught up in a wreck. I am glad there were no fatalities because when I passed through to turn back around I saw the semi wedged on the bridge with at least 5 other cars surrounding it. Very scary to see :(
  • by Odd on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:41 PM
    First, I'd like to express my prayers to any and all involved in this accident. Second, I find it a little odd, I have to read the comment section to get a better idea of what happened and what all was involved in this accident.
  • by matt on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    heard from the person who was in the first collision that caused all this. a man pulled out of the emergency vehicle only u-turn area in front of her. tried to stop but obviously that didnt happen. thank god no one was seriously injured.
  • by mimi on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    we were in Akron for the holiday weekend but opted to leave late sunday evening to avoid the weather. Thank God we did and thank God the situation on Monday was not worse. Glad most were safe and Great job to all those braving the cold and their lives to keep us all safe.
  • by jack frost Location: marietta on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    you would think that the fist thing that should go through a person's mind when it starts snowing is to slow down... instead its speed up and try to beat the store to where ever you are going. and this is what happens.
  • by D Location: Fl on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    Hubby and I got stuck in the aftermath on 77 south for a couple of hours until they could route us around. I hope everyone was OK. Glad to hear everyone was calm and helping each other.
  • by Bryan Location: Reynoldsbrug, Ohio on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:57 PM
    We were involved in the accident...my wife, daughter and two dogs...on our way back to Virginia from visiting family in Akron and Columbus. We had managed to come to a stop without loosing control of our vehicle, move to the berm/shoulder and were struck three times. I want to thank all the first responders and ODOT for helping us all out. They were all very helpful, professional and sympathetic. Special thanks go out to a veterinarian in Marietta who sutured our lab's head as a result of the accident, the Washington County Sheriff Dept. for getting our dogs to the vet, the Red Cross for having drinks and a place to get in from the cold, the Devola EMS bus for taking us to the staging area and the two volunteer firemen from the Reno VFD who drove myself and a soldier from Michigan to Marietta so we all could get out of the cold and on our way to our destinations. We are happy to report we are at my in-laws in Reynoldsburg safe and warm and a little sore.
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      by John Fortney on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:19 AM in reply to Bryan
      Hello, I'm glad your family is safe. If you are still in the Marietta area and have ten minutes, we'd like to interview you about what happened, and get some video of your dog regarding the vet who treated him. Sincerely, John Fortney john.fortney@wtap.com
  • by Anita Location: Marietta on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:03 PM
    Was northbound to Canton destination right after it happened. Big pileup was obvious it had happened quickly. Everyone seemed calm. Just past that sight, there were more cars off the road on both sides. We hit a slick spot from the passing lane and my husband drove the best he's ever driven! We headed right for the guardrail on the right side of the road and a wrecked car, with a semi close behind us. We spun around about 3 times before stopping facing with traffic going north! He managed to avoid the guardrail, the wrecked car, the semi and other passing cars and the muddy middle of the median! It was like riding the Teacup ride at Cedar Point! Not even time to tense up, it happened so fast! Praise God for the safety that He provided!
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