UPDATE: Identities released after deadly motorcycle crash

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UPDATE: 10 a.m. Aug. 24, 2020: West Virginia State Police have released the identities of those involved in a deadly motorcycle crash that happened early Tuesday morning.

According to Cpt Shallon Oglesby, Larry R. Blaine Jr., 35, of Alderson, WV was driving the motorcycle when he crashed along Interstate 77 southbound in Chelyan. Troopers say the female passenger, Chelsea Atha, 31, of Columbus, OH was killed in the crash.

After an extensive search by State Police and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, Blaine was located at the Go Mart in Chelyan. This crash is currently under investigation.

Stay with WOWK for the latest on this developing story.


UPDATE: 5:58 AM Aug. 24, 2020: Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies tell 13 News the second person involved in the deadly motorcycle crash has fled the scene.

Law enforcement are now trying to track that person.


KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Both lanes of Interstate 77 in Kanawha County are back open after a deadly motorcycle crash.

Kanawha County Dispatchers tell 13 News, one person is dead and crews are currently searching for another person believed to have been on the motorcycle as well.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Tuesday south of the Chelyan exit.

Several agencies are handling the investigation. No name is being released at this time.

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