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Four crashes plague interstates around city

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.  

"At night pedestrians need to be extremely careful," Robbins said. "Obviously walking on the interstate is illegal. That should be avoided at all costs."

The northbound lanes of Interstate 77 were closed for several hours while emergency crews worked. Traffic was diverted at the Edens Fork exit.

Another single-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 near Pinch resulted in two people being sent to the hospital. Robbins said the vehicle rolled over into the median about 7:40 a.m. and the driver was entrapped.

The captain said their injuries were not life-threatening.

The southbound lanes were closed for that crash.

A two-vehicle crash occurred at 8:20 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at the 112-mile marker. Robbins said information on that crash was limited.

A crash involving a car slamming into a retaining wall in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 near Cross Lanes just before 8:30 a.m. is being investigated by the State Police, Robbins said.

He said more information on the crashes would be available later in the week.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.


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