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Tractor-trailer crash injures 3; I-77 reopens

By Staff reports

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- One northbound lane has reopened after a car struck a tractor-trailer along Interstate 77 in the Beckley area.

State Police dispatchers said a driver lost control and crossed into the path of a FedEx truck off the median near the Harper Road and Mabscott exits at 1 p.m.

One driver was taken to a nearby hospital by a HealthNet helicopter and paramedics took two other drivers by ambulance.

The state Department of Transportation said the tractor-trailer caught fire and might contain hazardous materials. A Hazmat crew was on scene.

Dispatchers said the material had not leaked out of its container and would be cleaned up within a couple of hours.

The accident had closed that section of the interstate for several hours Thursday while traffic diverted off nearby exits.

Dispatchers said the accident remains under investigation.


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