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Rockslide briefly closes Interstate 79

By Staff, wire reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Interstate 79 was briefly closed Monday morning following a rockslide that damaged several vehicles.

State Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Bly said the slide happened a little after 6 a.m. on the southbound side of Interstate 79 between the Mink Shoals exit and the Interstate 77 split. A Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said seven vehicles were damaged.

The slide closed both southbound lanes, Bly said, but the road reopened shortly after 8 a.m.

"It could have been a lot worse," she said. "The biggest boulders didn't fall in the traveling lanes. ... The cleanup really didn't take much."


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