UPDATE: Tanker truck turnover results in fatality
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - ***UPDATE MONDAY, JULY 17, 2:30 p.m.***
Wood County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the driver who passed away.
Brent Combs, 40, of Parkersburg, passed away from injuries sustained from the wreck on I-77.
The investigation of Combs’ death was conducted by the Wood County Crash Team along with the patrol division of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash was caused by the brine truck leaving the roadway while the cargo shifted triggering the driver to lose control ultimately overturning the truck, according to a statement from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.
No other persons or vehicles were involved in the crash.
***UPDATE 6:20 p.m.***
Wood County Sheriff’s Office has announced the driver of the tanker truck has passed away.
They are saying the death was caused by the injuries sustained from the wreck on I-77.
No further information will be released by Wood County Sheriff’s Office pending notification to the driver’s family.
We will have more information as it becomes available.
***UPDATE 5:45 p.m.***
Wood County Sheriff Rick Woodyard said at 5:45 p.m. that the slow lanes traveling north and southbound had reopened.
Woodyard said the truck lost control and they are investigating the cause.
Woodyard added the fire has cleared.
***ORIGINAL 4:18 p.m.***
A tanker truck rolled over causing Interstate 77 to close.
The call came in at 2:18 p.m. for a crash on I-77 north at mile marker 177.8 according to Wood County dispatch.
A tanker truck rolled over into the median.
The driver was seriously injured according to dispatch.
Traffic traveling southbound is being directed off the interstate at the Williamstown exit.
Those traveling northbound are being directed onto U.S. 50.
There is no estimation for when the highway will reopen.
Wood County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.
Agencies that responded included Williamstown Police Department, Public Service Commission, Department of Natural Resources, Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Waverly VFD, Mineral Wells VFD, Lubeck VFD, Williamstown VFD, St. Joseph’s Ambulance Services, the Crash Investigation Team, and the Division of Highways.
The Department of Environmental Protection was also notified.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
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