Several interstate crashes, including one fatal crash, made for a treacherous morning for commuters and a busy day for emergency workers on Wednesday.
Capt. Bryan Robbins, Kanawha Sheriff's Office spokesman, noted four crashes on the interstates surrounding Charleston Wednesday morning. Information on those crashes was limited as deputies still were investigating.
A vehicle struck a pedestrian just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Edens Fork exit off Interstate 77, Robbins said. The pedestrian, a man, was killed.
Deputies have not released the man's name. Robbins said authorities were having a hard time locating his family.
It wasn't clear what caused that crash. It was initially reported as a single-vehicle crash into the median with possible ejection.
Several people have been killed in the last few days in pedestrian-versus-vehicle incidents.
Robbins said investigators are waiting for toxicology reports on many of the victims.
He said a common factor is many of the victims were on busy roads at night. Some were walking in the road rather than on the side, he said.
He said some were trying to cross the road when they were struck. On busy roads like MacCorkle Avenue, where several of the incidents have occurred, pedestrians should use crosswalks, he said.
He said pedestrians should always walk against traffic so they can see the cars coming their way. Doing so also gives the pedestrian more reaction time in case there is a problem.