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Fatal accident kills one, injures another

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

September 3, 2014

A fatal accident that occurred yesterday morning, September 2, at 4:14 a.m., on I-77 South killed one man and has left his wife in critical condition. The single-vehicle rollover occurred near the 112 mile marker of I-77 South, just before the Tupper’s Creek exit.


According to police reports, 38-year-old Susan Copley, of Man, was driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The vehicle reportedly departed the roadway to the left and traveled into the grassy median. The vehicle then rolled approximately six times before coming to a stop. Her husband, Jonathan Copley, 44 years old of Man, was riding in the passenger seat.


According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Jonathan was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the back glass. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Susan was wearing a seat belt and sustained non-life threatening injuries, but is in critical condition. She was transported by ambulance to Charleston General Hospital.


The matter is still under investigation. I-77 was closed during the initial investigation and clean-up process. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Route 21 and back to I-77. The road reopened shortly before 8 a.m. The traffic detour was conducted by Kanawha County Deputy Sheriffs and West Virginia State Police Troopers.