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UPDATE: All lanes OPEN after massive accident on Nitro-St. Albans bridge

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Chaplain Mike Jarrett of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority calls it a miracle.

More than three dozen vehicles smashed on I-64, and not one person died at the scene.

"Where He does his greatest work is relationships," Jarrett said. "That's what happened here today, from first responders to citizens."

Emergency responders said a heavy rain moved through the region near the Nitro-Saint Albans bridge on I-64, causing a massive pile-up just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The accident shut down traffic on I-64 eastbound near the bridge for more than four hours. The fast lane on I-64 westbound was temporary shut down.

Emergency officials reported varying numbers on the damage as the evening continued.

Thirty-eight vehicles were involved at the scene, and nine people were transported to the hospital, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. No fatalities have been reported at this time.

Four of those people injured were treated at Charleston Area Medical Center, according to spokesperson Dale Witte.

Three of those people injured were treated at Thomas Memorial Hospital, according to spokesperson Paige Johnson. She said one patient has been discharged, another is in stable condition, and the third is undergoing testing.

Twenty-three people who were not injured were transported from the scene by bus, according to WVDOT.

Several people had to be cut from cars, according to firefighters with the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department and officers with the Nitro Police Department.

"This is the worst wreck I've ever been in," said Sidney Crist, whose car was totaled. "If I was two cars back, no telling what could have happened."

Trapped for hours, people turned to each other for help. The damage spanned both the width and length of the bridge, extending at least 250 feet past the eastern end of the structure.

"There was a pregnant lady behind me, there was a baby [in front of me],"said Alisha Pruitt, who was driving to her sibling's high school graduation. "They were asking for nurses and doctors, and I'm a nurse, so I ran up to see the baby, but she was breathing and crying."

A source confirmed that a pregnant woman was transported to CAMC Women and Children's Hospital for treatment. Witnesses said she seemed shaken but only sustained minor injuries.

Ray Drewette stopped his semi-truck at the entrance of the bridge. He spent most of his afternoon surveying the damage.

"This is pretty nasty, I've seen a lot of bad ones, but this one is pretty bad," Drewette said.

The eastbound lanes on I-64 re-opened just before 10 p.m. Thursday.


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All lanes reopened just before 10 p.m. according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation.


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Westbound traffic is moving again in one lane on Interstate 64 near the Nitro-St. Albans bridge.

Kanawha County emergency crews have said that the east lanes of I-64 could be shut down for at least three hours.


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Nine people were transported to local hospitals according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. A KRT bus being used to transport others involved, off of the interstate.


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Kanawha County emergency crews have said that the east lanes of I-64 could be shut down for at least three hours. The west lanes were temporarily closed as well.

A source at CAMC Women and Children's hospital has confirmed that a pregnant woman, caught up in the I-64 crash near the Nitro - St. Albans bridge, has been transported to the facility for treatment.


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A multiple vehicle accident along I-64 has shut down both lanes of the Interstate, and the Interstate on ramps near the Nitro - St. Albans bridge. 

The accidents are near the Nitro exit.  

Dozens of vehicles are reported to be involved and injuries have been reported. 

Dispatchers tell 13 News as many as 23 people may need medical attention.

You are asked to avoid the area.  

We have a crew on the scene, stay 13 News for the latest on this developing story.