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UPDATE: Name released in fatal crash on I-64; interstate reopens

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UPDATE:

The name of a man killed during a wreck on I-64 this morning has been released.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, John Charles Miller, 65, of Indianapolis, was killed in the wreck.

The interstate has been re-opened.

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UPDATE:

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash that happened on I-64 this morning. 

According to a release from the KCSO, a coal truck carrying ash merged onto the interstate when it was hit by a semi-truck from Roadway Corporation.  The driver of the semi-truck was declared dead at the scene.  He has not been identified.

The driver of the coal truck, Michael Powell, was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

The westbound lanes of I-64 are expected to be closed until about noon.  Motorist are being diverted off the interstate.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

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UPDATE:

The west bound lanes of I-64 just past the Institute exit in Kanawha County, WV will be shut down until further notice following a fatal accident.

First responders said a semi-truck and coal truck collided around 5:45 a.m.

The driver of the semi was pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said. The driver of the coal truck was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay, they said.

First responders said the impact of the crash is one of the worst they have ever seen.

"It broke the main bolt that holds the tractor trailer to the tractor. It was one of the hardest hits I've seen in a long, long time," said Chuck Runyon, Chief of Emergency Operations at the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Investigators are looking into whether speed played a role in the crash and if the victim fell asleep behind the wheel.

Drivers are encouraged to take either the Dunbar or Institute exit to avoid the accident. It could be several hours before the interstate is reopened.

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ORIGINAL: 

A multi-vehicle accident on I-64 past Institute has closed the westbound lanes of the interstate

this morning.  Dispatchers for Kanawha County, report one fatality as a result of the crash. 

It is best to take the Dunbar exit to avoid the potential backup. 

It is early in the investigation, however the closure is expected to last for a good portion of the morning.

Look for updates here and on WOWK TV 13 News.