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Driver identified in fatal truck accident on I-77

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BLUEFIELD -

A tractor trailer flips over on Interstate 77, causing traffic back ups in the northbound lanes.

The accident happened around 9:01 a.m., Friday, March 1.  Investigators said they're not sure what happened to cause the wreck, but weather may have played a role.

The driver, who West Virginia State Police identified as Lester Walker, Jr, 48, of Connellsville, Penn., was killed in accident. In fact, crews had to lift the truck off of the driver to get the body out.  Walker was a married man.  He was hauling rolled metal for Kaplin Trucking out of Cleveland, Ohio.  Walker's destination was Minster, Ohio.

The accident in under investigation by the West Virginia State Police.