I-70 westbound near Elm Grove at Exit 5 has one lane open after hours-long closure due to major incident; will remain one-lane through tomorrow

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OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) —

UPDATE: 11:26 a.m. 10/24

The Wheeling PD reports that both lanes of I-70 westbound are now open.

The speed limit is 45 mph.

UPDATE: 8:55 p.m. 10/23

The Wheeling Police Department states that a female driver was trapped in her car under the tractor-trailer, and Wheeling PD says while she was injured, she was conscious and transported to Wheeling Hospital with what did not appear to be life-threatening injuries.

Wheeling PD is investigating a possible failure to stop at the stop sign by one of the cars involved in the accident when merging onto the interstate.

The incident is being investigated.

UPDATE: 8:26 p.m. 10/23

The Wheeling Police Department reports that I-70 westbound at Exit 5 near Elm Grove now has one lane open.

There was damage to the barrier wall on the bridge which will require repairs that will not be completed until tomorrow.

I-70 westbound in the Exit 5/Elm Grove area will remain one lane through tomorrow,

UPDATE 7:41 p.m. 10/23:

The Wheeling Police Department reports on their Twitter feed that they hoped to have I-70 open by 7 p.m. but they are still working to clear the scene.

As of 7:15 p.m., tow trucks were on the scene to remove the semi and the car.

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. 10-23

Sergeant Roxby of the Wheeling Police Department confirms that there were three vehicles involved in this incident: two passenger cars and one tractor-trailer.

One vehicle is under the tractor-trailer and the person in that vehicle is being extricated from under the truck.

One person is injured.

I-70 westbound at Exit 5 is closed for both lanes.

Roxy advises motorists to avoid the scene by taking Exit 11 at Dallas Pike then going on to Route 40 on National Road.

Wheeling PD, the Ohio County Sheriff’s office and the Department of Highways are on scene.


An official from the Wheeling Police Department confirms there is a major incident on I-70 Westbound near Elm Grove that occurred around 4:50 p.m. this afternoon.

Wheeling PD now confirms in a Tweet that both lanes of I-70 West are CLOSED because of a multi-vehicle crash at Mile Marker 5 at the Elm Grove exit.

Motorists should avoid the area while emergency responders work at the scene.

I-70 westbound is shut down.

We have a crew on the scene.

Stay with 7News for updates on this developing story.

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