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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