UPDATE: 2 dead as a result of multi-vehicle accident on I-68 on May 1

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UPDATE (5/7/2020 9:28 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia State Police sent out a release on Thursday with additional information on a multi-vehicle accident that occurred on May 1 near the Pierpont Road exit of I-68 eastbound.

According to the release, Nicole Ferrise entered the eastbound lane of I-68 while going westbound driving a Chrsyler 300 and “sideswiped an SUV” driven by Steven Knotts.

The collision “ejected Steven Knotts from his vehicle,” and troopers pronounced him dead on scene; Ferrise was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries, the release states.


UPDATE: (5/1/2020 1:50 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An accident on Friday morning in Morgantown has resulted in one person being pronounced dead on scene and another to be transported to the hospital.

According to a release sent out by the West Virginia State Police Department, troopers were informed of a four-vehicle accident on I-68 eastbound at the 6.5 mil marker.

In the release, troopers said that a vehicle entered the eastbound lane of the interstate traveling in the wrong direction and “sideswiped a SUV, continued westbound and struck another vehicle head-on.”

After hitting the vehicle head-on one of the drivers was ejected from their vehicle, and troopers said that the driver was pronounced dead on scene; the other vehicle’s driver was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment.

A fourth vehicle was struck in the incident, but it sustained minimal damage and none of the vehicle’s passengers were injured, according to the release


UPDATE (5/1/2020 11:40 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The accident which closed down I-68 near Pierpont Road in Morgantown has been cleared.

According to a tweet from West Virginia 511, the crash was cleared at approximately 11:30 a.m.


ORIGINAL (5/1/2020 10:00 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Both east- and westbound lanes of Interstate 68 near the Pierpont Road exits are closed following an accident.

According to the Monongalia County 911 communications center, the accident occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m., and the interstate has since then been closed.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and the West Virginia State Police are performing an investigation into the incident, 911 officials said. WV511 says that drivers should expect delays.

No further information is available at this time. Stay with 12 News for more updates to the story.

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