UPDATE: The detours have now been cancelled and traffic is operational as normal.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: West Virginia transportation officials have confirmed that a northbound tractor-trailer traveling along Interstate 77 is believed to have crashed through the median barrier around mile marker 78 and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer in the southbound lane head on.
The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday and resulted in at least one fatality.
Mile marker 78 is located in Kanawha County between Chelyan and Mossy, West Virginia.
Reconstruction teams are on the scene and southbound traffic is being diverted by the West Virginia Parkways Authority.
I‐77 southbound traffic will be detoured at Charleston onto I‐79 traveling northbound. Drivers will proceed north on I‐79 to Exit 57 and will then be directed to US 19 where they will travel south to Beckley. From there, drivers can take the Exit 48 entrance ramp to I‐77 and proceed south.
Motorists traveling east on I‐64 will take exit 59 onto I‐77 north and will be directed onto I‐79 north at exit 104 (I‐77) interchange. From here, drivers should proceed with the detour outlined above.
Though a West Virginia transportation official Appalachian Magazine spoke with declined to provide an exact estimate as to when the detour would end, he stated that the detour had the potential to last well into the early morning hours of Friday, November 10.
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