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Accident snarls I-64 traffic

I-64 wreck
Dec. 12, 2008 @ 11:15 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Three tractor-trailers and at least two cars were involved in an accident that littered Interstate 64 with debris and shut down the westbound portion of the road for miles.

At least one person was transported to a hospital from the scene of the accident, which occurred near the five-mile marker on I-64 Westbound.

Paul Vest, a Louisville, Ky., resident and trucker for TL Express, was one of the drivers involved in the incident.

Vest said a silver sedan hit a Range Rover, sending the vehicle sideways in the middle of the interstate, which was slick with frozen rain and snow.

The sedan fled the scene, while other drivers tried to avoid hitting the SUV in the middle of the road, Vest said.

"Everyone was trying to get around it," he said.

Vest's truck was struck by another car, which forced him to hit another tractor-trailer, he said.

"The front of my truck is just smashed," he said.

One of the cars, a Chevrolet sedan, slammed into the median wires on the interstate. The front and rear glass had shattered, and one of the vehicle's occupants was transported by EMS to a local hospital. No names or conditions were immediately available.

Vest said he already had come to a stop when another semi came down the westbound dip in the road and jackknifed. The driver of that truck was not injured.

"I don't know what happened; he just lost it," Vest said.

Cars were backed up for miles on the interstate, and police had blocked off access to westbound I-64 at the 5th Street exit in Huntington.

Several vehicles attempted to turn around and drive east in the westbound shoulder, but police blocked the way.

A line in the shoulder stretched nearly as long as the traffic line on the interstate, and it appeared some other minor accidents had occurred on the side of the road.

Huntington police and fire were in charge of the investigation. The Kenova Fire Department also assisted.

A red Volvo was crashed in the median further up the road, but it was unclear if the car was involved with the main accident. No one was near the vehicle.

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