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Storm leads to slick roads, 1 death

By Staff reports
Lawrence Pierce
A tractor-trailer wreck backed up traffic for miles on Interstate 64 westbound.
Chris Dorst This tractor-trailer ended up on its side in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 when its driver tried to make the turn at the end of Charleston's Eugene Carter Bridge over the Kanawha River.
Chris Dorst Students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School line up early Friday afternoon for their buses. Across the state Friday, most students whose classes weren't canceled outright found themselves going home two or three hours early.
Chris Dorst Salt is spread onto Bridge Road in Charleston on Friday. Slick roads contributed to accidents throughout the area.
Kenny Kemp General Services employee Tony Easley blows snow off walkways at the state Capitol Complex Friday afternoon.
Chris Dorst

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Area drivers found themselves navigating slick roads Friday morning and early afternoon, and schools throughout the region dismissed classes early because of a winter storm that made driving treacherous and left a woman dead.

The woman was killed and at least five others were injured in a wreck in Boone County, emergency dispatchers said. Boone 911 dispatchers said the incident occurred at about 1 p.m. along W.Va. 3 near Foster. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dispatchers said they were not sure of the extent of the others' injuries or how many vehicles were involved. West Virginia State Police troopers from the Madison detachment are investigating. Icy and slick roads were reported in the area, dispatchers said.

Several motor vehicle accidents were reported in Kanawha County and the surrounding area.

Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers said many accidents were reported along Corridor G shortly after snow began accumulating at about 11 a.m. Dispatchers said police and paramedics responded to more than eight accidents along Interstate 64 near Cross Lanes shortly after 1 p.m. Collisions also were reported along MacCorkle Avenue and on Washington Street. Dispatchers had asked everyone to avoid driving in those areas.

The National Weather Service issued a winter-weather advisory for Kanawha County in effect until 7 p.m. Friday. Freezing rain and 2 to 5 inches of snow were possible.

The snow showers were expected to subside Friday night, giving way to clouds, temperatures in the low 30s and light winds in the Charleston area today, according to the weather service.

The U.S. 60 Barboursville exit at mile-marker 18 on I-64 westbound was shut down for about an hour Friday because of a multiple-vehicle collision, according to Cabell County 911.

With the exception of people in two counties, electric customers in West Virginia were spared from dealing with power outages in the cold temperatures. Still, about 1,180 Appalachian Power customers in Logan County were without power by 6:30 p.m. Friday, and about 1,935 Mon Power customers in Marion County also had no power.

Kanawha, Boone, Jackson, Lincoln and Roane were among counties that dismissed schools three hours early Friday. Putnam, Lewis, Cabell and other counties dismissed classes two hours early.

For a complete list of closures and early dismissals, see http://wvgazette.com/schools.


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