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911 Call From I-79 Crash Released

Reported by: Send eMail Taisha Walker
Reported: Jul. 11, 2014 10:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 11, 2014 10:47 PM EDT
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Mink Shoals , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Newly-released 911 tapes paint a haunting and disturbing picture of the events that unfolded Thursday, as a man rammed into five cars before crashing and later dying.

Michael McKinney, 46, of Clay was behind the wheel of a white Impala. Kanawha County deputies said he first hit a car in Kanawha City near 42nd Street, continued to the East End and ended on Interstate 79 near Mink Shoals, hitting a total of five cars.

Deputies then say McKinney lost control of his car on the interstate, rolled and wrecked. He later died at the hospital.

On the newly released 9-11 tape, you can hear one caller describing McKinney as a reckless driver, who nearly clipped her car.

"I have two children in my vehicle, and he was literally riding my bumper,” the caller said. “He just rolled his vehicle in the median, trying to go around somebody. He rolled probably six times."

Deputies said McKinney was not wearing a seat belt when his car crashed just north of mink shoals. No one else was injured.

A relative, who did not want to be named, said McKinney's father died two months ago, and he took the news pretty hard. Police said there were several empty beer cans at the crash site, but the accident is still under investigation.



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