West Virginia Turnpike officials have confirmed that all lanes have reopened to traffic after semi-truck crash near Paint Creek exit.
Kanawha County emergency dispatchers said that both northbound lanes have reopened to traffic after a tractor-trailer crash earlier Wednesday afternoon. One southbound lane remains closed near the Paint Creek exit as crews continue to clear away debris.
An accident on I-77 happened about 4:30 p.m. in the southbound lane. According to police on the scene, it appears that the driver lost control and ran into the retaining wall.
The front part of the cab went through the wall and is now in the northbound lane.
The West Virginia State Police say that the driver was thrown from the truck. He had injuries to his body and head from sliding across the pavement. There is no other word on his condition.
The Cabin Creek and Chesapeake fire departments on the scene.
Traffic is being detoured off the Paint Creek exit.
A tractor trailer has over-turned on I-77 and is on fire.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The truck was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.
The driver was found on the ground in front of the truck, but responders are not sure if he was ejected or pulled from the truck.
The northbound lanes of I-77 are shut down near the 74 mile marker.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.