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UPDATE: Police officer taken to hospital following accident near Cross Lanes, WV

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UPDATE:

The westbound ramp on I-64 for Cross Lanes has reopened. 

The Hurricane police officer involved in the crash was taken to CAMC.  First responders said the officer appeared to be alert and conscious.  He is expected to be okay, they said.

The officer was on his way to work when he hit a slick spot and hydroplaned, before flipping his cruiser in the median, authorities said.  He was trapped in his vehicle for a brief time until first responders were able to get him out, according to authorities.

Members from Nitro Police Department and Saint Albans Fire Department assisted the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department with the accident.

Lt. Richard Foster of the Nitro Police Department said weather-related accidents can happen to even the most experienced driver.  He said if you're going to drive in snow and sleet, drivers have to be prepared to make a split-second decision.

"Don't brake. When you do brake, all that does is lock your tries up at that point, and you're going to lose total control," he said.

The officer's name hasn't been released yet.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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ORIGNAL:

A Hurricane, WV police officer was injured in an early morning accident on Interstate 64 in the Cross Lanes area.  The accident happened at 5:58 this morning.

The entrance ramp on the Cross Lanes exit is currently closed while emergency crews work to get the deputy out of his cruiser.