1 Person Dead, 3 Injured After Major Crash Near Elm Grove On I-470 East

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

UPDATE — As of 8:40 PM, I-70 Eastbound has reopened. I-470 Eastbound is open

Elm Grove was congested as the firehose ran across National Road to reach the interstate.
The scene is under investigation and I-470 remains closed as fire crews work to mark the scene safe.
Stahl says they hope to reopen within the next hour.

WHEELING, W.VA. (WTRF) — Wheeling Police dispatch says a multi-vehicle crash near the I-470 split has closed all eastbound lanes for both interstates.

Wheeling Police confirm one person died in the accident. Three others were taken to Wheeling Hospital with injuries.

Officials say a vehicle was on fire caused by the collision.

“That crash later resulted in a delivery truck catching fire. Unfortunately, there was one fatality here tonight. Three other people were injured and taken to the hospital by the fire department. As it stands at this point, our crash reconstruction team is on scene trying to figure out what exactly what happened.”

Philip Stahl, Public Information Officer with the Wheeling Police Department

Both interstates eastbound (heading towards the Highlands from the Wheeling tunnel) on I-470 and I-70 are closed.

This accident happened around 6 PM Sunday.

Wheeling Fire Department worked to put out the vehicle on fire and the Bethlehem Police Department is guiding traffic off the Bethlehem exit at this time.

Wheeling Police are advising the public if traveling locally via I-470 East, use Exit 1 in Bethlehem and use WV 88. US 40 is also not accessible in Elm Grove near Lumbar Ave for fire response.

This is a developing story. Stay with 7NEWS for updates.

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