UPDATE: Authorities identify man killed in I-77 wreck

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/6/20 12:00 P.M.

Authorities identified 36 year-old Joshua Wayne Hopkins of Parkersburg as the man who died in a wreck on Interstate 77 near Parkersburg Wednesday.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office says Hopkins was heading north on I-77 when he exited the road to the right. His vehicle drove onto an embankment while traveling at speed, where the truck flipped and became airborne, hitting three trees and causing "catastrophic damage."

Hopkins was ejected from the vehicle and was found dead by emergency crews.

His truck landed in a ravine, where Pifer's Towing later removed it using a specialized vehicle.

The East Wood Volunteer Fire Deparment, the Wood County Crash Team, Wood County Sheriff's Office, St. Joseph's Ambulance Service and the West Virginia Department of Highways were among those responding to the scene.

UPDATE: 2/5/20 12:31 P.M.

One person has died after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 late Wednesday morning, and emergency crews remain at the scene, authorities said.

Wood County Sheriff's Steve Stephens confirmed that one person died in the crash, which happened just before noon in the northbound lanes near mile-marker 175 between the Route 47 and Route 50 exits.

Members of the Wood County Crash Team are at the scene, along with units from the East Wood Volunteer Fire Department.

We'll have updates online and during WTAP News @ 5 and 6.


ORIGINAL STORY: 2/5/20

Emergency crews are responding to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 near mile-marker 175.

The crash is in the northbound lane between the Route 47 and Route 50 exits of the interstate, according to a Wood County 911 dispatch supervisor.

Units from the East Wood Volunteer Fire Department and the Wood County Sheriff's Office are at the scene.

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