UPDATE (6:45 P.M. Monday, May 15, 2023) – Jeff Miller, Director of the Parkways Authority, released the following statement:
“Saturday morning’s wreck and this morning’s wreck were both single vehicle tractor trailer accidents that at this time appear to be attributed to speed and weather conditions. Nothing further is known at this time until the police reports are completed. Upon completion of the reports the Turnpike will conduct a further safety review as we do with all incidents.”
UPDATE (12:45 P.M. Monday, May 15, 2023) – Officials on the scene of a tractor-trailer crash in Kanawha County say no structures or vehicles were damaged when the semi went off the side of I-77.
According to the Charleston Fire Department, the truck was hauling flowers when it lost control and went over the interstate. They say the driver was able to get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries.
A City of Charleston worker happened to be in the area at the time, working on fixing the guardrail from Saturday’s crash. He was able to quickly jump into action to help the driver out of the vehicle.
“The only thing I could hear was help and I ran to rescue,” said Matthew Wolfe, City of Charleston worker. “I went up got inside the truck made sure he was breathing everything was fine I told him calm down sir I would get you out of the vehicle … and I grabbed him and pulled the seat – him and all out and got him to safety.”
Wolfe said this was the worst accident he’s seen in 20 years, but neighbors that spoke with 13 News said they’re still shaken up from the accident on Saturday.
“I heard it. I turned my stove off. I was making breakfast and I took off to the door,” said Wilma Estep about Monday’s accident. “It was really scary I didn’t know if the guy was going to survive and I just started praying for him that he would be okay.”
In addition to debris scattered throughout the area, the crash also knocked down powerlines, leaving about 173 customers without power for more than four hours.
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — A tractor-trailer went off I-77 near the MacCorkle Ave. exit and crashed near 69th St. in Kanawha County. This is the same location as another tractor-trailer crash on Saturday.
Metro 911 officials say the call came in around 11:33 a.m. on Monday.
Dispatchers say pieces of the truck hit a house.
13 News has a crew on the way to the scene. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
A tractor-trailer crash happened in the same location on Saturday around 5:37 a.m. Photos from the scene on Saturday show that the tractor-trailer went off the interstate and hit a tree.