UPDATE: Sheriff's department cruiser involved in I-77 crash Saturday night

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/30/19 2:30 P.M.

One of several vehicles involved in two accidents on Interstate 77 Saturday night was a Wood County Sheriff's Department cruiser, authorities said.

The cruiser was involved in the first crash near mile-marker 178 about 9:40 p.m. The second crash happened a short time later as traffic was backed because of the first crash. Traffic in the southbound lanes was blocked while emergency crews responded.

No other details of the crashes, including who might have been at fault, the number of vehicles and any possible injuries, have been released.

Sheriff Steve Stephens said Monday afternoon he could not comment because the investigation is being handled by the West Virginia State Police.

A spokesman for the State Police detachment in Parkersburg said Monday afternoon that a report was not yet available.


ORIGINAL STORY: 9/28/19

Two crashes with multiple vehicles involved, including a car fire, blocked the southbound lane on I-77 late Saturday.

According to the Wood County 911 Center, the crash was reported near mile-marker 178 around 9:40 p.m.

Multiple patients were reportedly injured as a result of the crashes. There has not been any word on their conditions.

The vehicles involved suffered significant damage in the wreck.

The southbound lane remains blocked as officials are still on scene as of 10:40 p.m.

We're working to learn more on the incident.

Stay with WTAP for the latest.