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I-79 BACK OPEN: Chickens and ammo to blame for shutdown

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UPDATE 8:40 a.m.:  

Just before 4 a.m., Seth Grim was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania plates and rolled it over on Interstate 79 near Amma, West Virginia.  A dog tried to jump out of the window, which might have helped cause the wreck.  Unfortunately, the dog later died and Grim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his upper torso.

Here's where the story gets wacky.  In the back of his explorer were 35 to 40 chickens along with an AK-47 and a large amount of ammunition.  Also in the back of his vehicle was a device that police were extremely concerned about.  The "improvised explosives" prompted a higher level of response.

The West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad out of Williamson was sent to the scene and removed the device.

Initially, all of the chickens were reported to have made it out alive.  Our reporter, who was on site during the shutdown of the interstate, tells us that some of the chickens died.

I-79 is now back open. 

Seth Grim is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  Officers saw a quart jar of what they believed to be marijuana in the front seat.  He's being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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UPDATE 7:58 a.m.: 


Traffic is slowly moving along Interstate 79. One north and south bound lane have each been reopened to traffic.

Crews remain on the scene to clean up the accident that shut the road down for several hours this morning.

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ALTERNATE ROUTES:  Going northbound, take US 119 at exit 19. Going southbound take WV Highway 36 at exit 34...these will be extremely slow as well.
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I-79 CLOSED: At mile marker 30, northbound and southbound lanes have been shut down due to a wreck that happened around 4 AM.

An older model Ford Explorer loaded down with chickens and an abnormal amount of ammo rolled over.  The police say that they are concerned with what they saw in the vehicle.  They consider this a very dangerous situation.

The WV State Police Bomb Squad has been called to the scene. It will be closed for "quite a while". Avoid the area at all costs.