Series of accidents causes traffic headaches on I-79 in Harrison County

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UPDATE (1/30/2019 1:30 p.m.)

Due to the accident on I-79 southbound in southern Harrison County, emergency officials are advising motorists to expect delays when traveling through the area near mile marker 110.

According to the Harrison County Office of Emergency Management, the fast lanes of I-79 northbound and southbound near mile marker 110 will be closed while the accident is being cleared.

Emergency officials also wish to advise drivers to use caution when traveling as hazardous conditions still exist.

ORIGINAL (1/30/19 12:30 p.m.)

A series of vehicle accidents on Interstate 79, in southern Harrison County, sent several people to the hospital and backed up traffic, Wednesday morning.

Two accidents, involving three vehicles, happend around Lost Creek and the 110 mile marker, in the northbound lanes.

The first was reported around 10:30 a.m.  The driver of a white pick-up truck said he hit ice on the bridge at the Lost Creek exit and went over the right hand embankment.  One person from that accident was taken to the hospital.

Around 10:45 a.m., a red pick-up truck also hit the icy bridge, lost control and hit a guardrail.  The pick-up’s driver was taken to the hospital.
A semi tanker truck swerved to avoid the pick-up, lost control and went over the embankment on the median.  Two people in the semi were able to get out on their own, while a third person had to be rescued.  Two of the three were taken to the hospital.

None of the injuries from any of these accidents were believed to be serious.

A single lane on both the north and south bound sides were closed while the tanker was removed.

Around the same time, a third accident happened near mile marker 115, in the southbound lanes, leaving a car on its side.

The West Virginia State Police are investigating these accidents.  Troopers on the scene say that speed was a factor in the accidents and encourage drivers to slow down.

Ambulances from Anmoore and Harrison County EMS, along with the Nutter Fort, Stonewood and Lost Creek volunteer fire departments all responded.

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