August 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m. UPDATE: PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Both southbound lanes on I-77 near Princeton are open following two accidents.
ORIGINAL STORY: All four lanes on the West Virginia Turnpike were shutdown on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Crews responded to a pair of accidents.
It happened at 2:57 p.m. near Exit 9 on I-77. That is the exit for Princeton, WV.
The first accident involved a dump truck which clipped a power line in the southbound lanes of the interstate. In order to keep traffic away from the downed line, firefighters used a pickup truck to close down one northbound lane. Emergency responders said a tractor-trailer clipped that pickup leading to a second accident which closed the northbound lanes.
East River Volunteer Fire Department, Princeton Rescue Squad and Princeton Fire Department are all on the scene. The are also troopers with the Turnpike Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
At this point there are no injuries reported. Crews said there are still live power lines in the roadway. AEP reports there were around 379 customers without electricity in Mercer County.
This is a developing story and 59News has a crew at the scene.