Garbage truck wreck claims life in Capital City

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A city sanitation worker was killed and two other workers injured in an interstate crash at just before noon Saturday.

The wreck occurred southbound on Interstate 77 near the Westmoreland exit. The truck overturned and all three workers were ejected from the vehicle.

The names of those involved haven’t been released. The other two other workers suffered serious injuries.

Charleston police are investigating.

The southbound lanes at the I-77/I-64 split reopened by 6 p.m. Two northbound lanes remained remained closed near the Westmoreland exit.


All Interstate 77 southbound traffic was forced to go westbound on I-64  in the Capital City Saturday afternoon at the I-77/I-64 split after a garbage truck crash.

Authorites expected the southbound split to be closed until at least 6 p.m.

The wreck came at around 11:44 a.m. near the southbound Westmoreland exit.

There was no initial word on injuries.

Kanawha Metro 911 sent out the following message at around 1 p.m.:

I64 EB in the I 77 / 64 split is closed. All I77 SB traffic is being diverted to I64 WB, I64 EB will be closed for approximately 5 hours

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