CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A massive vehicle pileup on the Interstate 64 bridge over the Kanawha River between Nitro and St. Albans shut down all four lanes of traffic Thursday evening and left a sea of twisted wreckage across the span.
The crash occurred sometime after 5 p.m. Kanawha Metro 911 dispatchers said at least 13 vehicles were involved but a first responder at the scene had told them he had lost count of the number in the wreckage.
"It's a mess," one dispatcher said minutes after the crash. "We've got everybody rolling that way; Putnam County has everybody rolling that way. It looks like it will be a hazard for a while."
Kanawha Fire Coordinator C.W. Sigman later said 20 to 30 vehicles were involved.
No one was killed but several people were injured. Most of the injuries were not serious.
Sigman said firefighters had to cut a couple of people from their vehicles. Nine people were taken to local hospitals, according to the state Department of Transportation.
A KRT bus took the uninjured and the injured people who refused treatment from the scene, dispatchers said. It wasn't clear where they were being taken.
Charleston Area Medical Center received four patients, said spokesman Dale Witte.
Firefighters from Nitro, St. Albans and Teays Valley were at the scene, along with Nitro police, dispatchers said.