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I-64 reopens following tractor-trailer scrap metal crash

I-64 reopens following tractor-trailer scrap metal crash

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Both sides of I-64 are open following an early morning accident on Tuesday.

Huntington Police said Paul Carroll, 52, of Princeton, was on his way to Ashland, KY.  Carroll was hauling a truck filled with scrap metal when he felt the load start to shift.

He lost control and wrecked his truck between the 17th and 5th Street exits in Huntington.

Sarah Wellman was driving behind Carroll.  She said she was within seconds of being hit by a flying piece of scrap metal.

"It seemed unreal. It was like a picture from a movie," she said.

Wellman and other drivers immediately stopped and called 911.

Carroll walked away from the crash with minor injuries.  No one else was injured.

This part of I-64 was shut down most of the morning while crews cleared away roughly 20,000 pounds of scrap metal.

Carroll has been cited for failure to maintain control, police said.

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UPDATE: 

Traffic is slowly moving on I-64 after one eastbound and one westbound lane reopened following a messy tractor-trailer accident this morning.

Huntington Police said the driver, Paul Carroll, will be cited for failure to maintain control of his truck.

Carroll was traveling west when he felt the scrap metal he was hauling start to shift.

His truck flipped and all of the scrap metal spewed onto the eastbound lanes of I-64 near mile marker 6 in Huntington.

Traffic was backed up for hours as both sides of the interstate were shut down while crews cleared the area.

Traffic is still touch and go and is expected to return to normal this afternoon.

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UPDATE:

A Princeton driver lost control of a tractor-trailer near mile marker 6 in Huntington.  Both eastbound lanes are shut down.  One westbound lane is open.  There's scrap metal all over I-64 east.  The driver is okay but went to the hospital to get checked out.

He was on his way to Ashland, KY to drop off the scrap metal.

Police say it's a good thing this happened when it did because there weren't any cars traveling east at the time.  This could have been a deadly situation otherwise.

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One westbound lane is open and both eastbound lanes are shut down of I-64.

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UPDATE:

Both east and westbound lanes of I-64 are closed in Huntington due to a tractor-trailer accident.

The accident happened between the 5th Street and 17th Street exits near mile marker six.  The driver was traveling west when he lost control of his truck and flipped.

The tractor trailer load spilled onto the eastbound lanes.  Dispatchers said the driver managed to escape with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities aren't sure how long the area will be blocked off.  We have a crew on scene.

Stay with wowktv.com for the latest details on this developing story.

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ORGINAL:

Emergency crews are responding to a report of a crash involving a tractor trailer rig that lost its cargo load along I-64 near Huntington.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-64 are shutdown while authorities attempt to clean up the mess.   The driver was traveling west and lost control dumping the contents into the eastbound lanes.

Traffic is backing up along I-64 near mile marker 6 and 15th street.

Look for updates here, on WOWK-TV and Facebook.