UPDATE: Driver killed in tractor-trailer crash and fire identified

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UPDATE: 5 PM: Authorities have identified the truck driver who died in a tractor-trailer crash on I-64 this morning as 67-year-old Edward Earl Weeks of Greensboro, N.C. The Barboursville Police Department says his body has been taken to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE 10:40AM: All lanes of I-64 are now reopened after a fatal tractor-trailer crash and fire near the 18-mile marker in Barboursville.

UPDATE 7:40AM: Eastbound lanes of I-64 are now open but the westbound lanes will be closed for a while longer.

Investigators tell 13 News that the 18 wheeler drove directly into the barrier that separates the lanes going west on I-64. The driver collided at full speed in the construction zone and most likely died on or just after impact.

The fire became so large that it did damage part of the roadway. Once the tractor-trailer is removed, some repairs will be made.

Cabell County Schools have notified parents of school bus delays. Traffic is being diverted to Route 60 which is slowly down normal traffic in that area near the Huntington Mall and Tanyard Station.

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UPDATE 5:15AM: According to Cabell County Dispatchers, the driver of the tractor-trailer has died.

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CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Interstate 64 is shut down in both directions near the 18th mile marker in Barboursville due to a tractor-trailer fire. Drivers should use caution and avoid the area if possible.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you details as they become available.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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