Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 2, 2013

Victims identified in 95-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

FANCY GAP, Va. — Three people who were killed March 31 during a 95-vehicle pileup in the Fancy Gap Mountain area of Interstate 77 have been identified.

William M. Sosebee, 33, of Allen, Ky., was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77, according to a statement issued this morning by the Virginia State Police. Sosebee died at the scene. Kathern Worley, 71, of Iron Station, N.C., was a passenger in a different vehicle that collided with the same tractor-trailer. Worley also died at the scene.

Andrew Katbi, 24, of Delphos, Ohio, was driving a passenger vehicle that struck a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Katbi also died at the scene.

At 1:17 p.m. on March 31, troopers were called to the scene of the first crash at the 6-mile marker in the southbound lanes of I-77. The first crash sparked a chain reaction of 17 other crashes that involved 95 vehicles. Approximately 25 other individuals had injuries ranging from serious to minor. They were transported to nearby hospitals.

The cause of the initial crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed. Heavy fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area was a factor in the crashes; some vehicles were traveling too fast for conditions, according to the state police.

Southbound lanes of I-77 were re-opened to through traffic by 11:25 p.m. Sunday.