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Police Say Steel Rods Caused Fatal I-64 Crash

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris, Kaylin Searles,Dan Matics
Reported: Jun. 30, 2014 11:11 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 1, 2014 12:32 AM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Police said an Interstate 64 crash that killed a Huntington woman was caused when steel rods rolled off a tractor trailer and struck a motorcycle where she was the passenger.

A tractor trailer transporting steel rods, driven by Luther Maynard, was traveling westbound near mile marker 6.6 when the restraint system securing the shipment broke loose, and two rods rolled off.

Catherine Dray was riding on the back of a motorcycle when the rods hit and severed the front wheel of the motorcycle. Catherine and Micheal Dray, driver, were ejected from the motorcycle upon impact.

Family members say Catherine was a librarian at East Huntington Middle School. Michelle Haddox, victim's cousin says Micheal's condition has improved and Catherine was well liked.

"She's going to be missed," Haddox said. "She's really going to be missed there will be a hole forever."

Both were transported to the hospital, where Catherine died from injuries sustained in the crash. Micheal sustained serious injuries and is in critical condition.

Maynard was issued a citation for an unsecured load. The vehicle accident remains under investigation.





The name of a woman who died from injuries sustained in an interstate crash in Huntington over the weekend has been released.

Catherine Masters Dray of Huntington died from injuries received in the wreck, said Bryan Chambers, spokesman for the city of Huntington.

The crash on Interstate 64 West occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a tractor-trailer collided with a motorcycle. I-64 was shut down for hours following the wreck, and the 17th Street West Bridge sustained structural damage.

Two people on the motorcycle received serious injuries. The name of the other person who was injured was unavailable.



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