WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Investigators still are working to determine what caused what officers are calling the biggest crash in the state's history.
It happened Thursday evening in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 on the Nitro-St. Albans Interstate Bridge.
Brian Oxley, Nitro's police chief, said there were five or six officers, which is more than half of road patrol, working on reports from the 38-vehicle crash.
"We're still putting everything together, trying to get reports ironed out to get a good broad view of what actually happened," Oxley said. "I know we're more than a quarter done. I've already reviewed some of the reports."
Oxley said officers were being thorough in their investigation, "crossing every 'T' and dotting every 'I.'" He did not want to speculate on possible factors.
At first, dispatchers told officers there were 10 to 12 vehicles involved. Then it was 20 to 25 vehicles. The last they heard from dispatchers there were 30-plus vehicles involved, Oxley said.
A count would turn up 38 vehicles and 22 people injured, Oxley said. Nine people were taken to local hospitals, including four to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.