Logging truck wreck
A logging truck that wrecked Wednesday morning causing a major interstate traffic back-up in Charleston may have been loaded incorrectly.
Charleston City Police Sgt. Nick Null tells MetroNews an eyewitness told police the load of logs appeared to be on the truck improperly and the truck driver said it’s possible a strap broke before he drove into the Interstate 64 eastbound curve just before the Eugene A. Carter Memorial Bridge.
“He (the truck driver) said he felt the load of logs shift and it forced the trailer over to the right, toward the river side barrier wall, subsequently lost control and rolled over on the side and all the logs came out and created a six-hour problem,” Sgt. Null said.
The driver was not injured.
All three lanes of I-64 were blocked from 3:30 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m.
Sgt. Null says it didn’t take long for traffic jams once morning rush hour traffic picked up.
“When you’ve got three lanes of traffic coming into town and thousands of people, there’s no good option,” Null said.
Motorists were trying all of the other routes into Charleston but places like MacCorkle Ave, 7th Ave., Route 25 and Kanawha Blvd. quickly backed up.
Sgt. Null believes the clean-up went well considering the seriousness of the accident.
“They had to flip the trailer part and the tractor back up and then had to painstakingly with an end-loader start stacking the logs and then another loader loaded each log one at a time back on the truck,” Null said. “Then we had to get a street sweeper to clean-up the mud and sticks.”
The driver is from the local area. He was taking the logs to an operation in Flatwoods, Braxton County. He was not ticketed by Charleston Police, but state agencies that oversee commercial trucking are investigating.
PREVIOUS There’s a mess to clean up this morning on busy Interstate 64 eastbound into Charleston.
The driver of a log truck lost control of the vehicle Wednesday morning at around 3:30 in the curve just before the Eugene A. Carter Bridge in Charleston. The logs spilled across the three lanes of the interstate and it remains closed this morning.
Charleston Police hope to have the highway reopened by mid-morning.
The wreck has major morning rush hour traffic problems in Charleston. I-64 east has the heaviest traffic load coming into Charleston each weekday. South Charleston Police closed the Montrose exit and Kanawha Turnpike entrance ramps to cut down on bottlenecks.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 are open.