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Separate multi-vehicle crashes slow traffic on I-77

Three people taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police say
A car and a semi collided Thursday afternoon near mile-marker 172 on Interstate 77.
A car and a semi collided Thursday afternoon near mile-marker 172 on Interstate 77.(WTAP)
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 2:46 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 6:18 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/3/20 6:15 P.M.

Three people were taken to the hospital after a pair of multi-car crashes Thursday afternoon on Interstate 77, but none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Parkersburg police said.

The accidents on the rain-slicked highway slowed traffic between the Camden Avenue and Mineral Wells exits for more than two hours.

The first crash about 2:30 p.m. involved a tractor-trailer and a Nissan Altima resulted in the southbound lanes being shut down near mile-marker 172.

Police said the driver of the Altima, Christian Emory, 20, of Mount Sterling, Ohio, lost control of his car while driving north. His car went through the median and hit the semi, which was traveling north after getting onto the interstate at the Camden Avenue entrance ramp.

Emory was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

The truck driver, Brodvie Fox, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, was not injured, police said.

The second crash involving three vehicles happened shortly before 4 p.m. near mile-marker 173 and blocked traffic in the northbound passing lane, police said.

Police said the driver of a Chevrolet Colorado lost control while driving north. The pick-up went through the median and hit two other cars, a Kia Sedan and a Toyota 4Runner.

Two passengers in the Kia were taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

The names of those involved in the second crash were not immediately available from authorities.

Parkersburg police and fire units responded to both crash scenes.

UPDATE: 9/3/20 4:55 P.M.

Drivers on Interstate 77 between the Camden Avenue and Mineral Wells exits experienced slowdowns Thursday afternoon because of two multi-vehicle crashes, authorities said.

The first crash about 2:30 p.m. involved a tractor-trailer and a passenger car. It resulted in the southbound lanes being shut down near mile-marker 172.

According to a Wood County 911 dispatch supervisor, a semi was blocking the southbound lanes and a car was in the median.

The second accident involving three vehicles happened shortly before 4 p.m. near mile-marker 173 and prompted authorities to briefly shut down the northbound passing lanes.

Authorities have not released information about any injuries from either crash.

Parkersburg police and fire units responded to the scene of both crashes.

ORIGINAL STORY: 9/3/20

Southbound Interstate 77 is shut down near mile-marker 172 because of an crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer, authorities said.

According to a Wood County 911 dispatch supervisor, the semi is blocking the southbound lanes and the car is in the median.

Parkersburg police and fire units are at the scene.

We have a reporter headed to the area and will have updates online and during WTAP News as more information becomes available.

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