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UPDATE: Interstate 68 Reopened After Threat & Discovery Of Explosive Powder

March 27th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

3:30 PM UPDATE – WCHS TV is reporting the shutdown was the result of a threat on the life of President Donald Trump and to blow up The Pentagon.  A 42 year old man is being questioned after being pulled over for speeding.  West Virginia State Troopers say they found a firearm and explosive powder during a search of the vehicle.  The FBI office in Pittsburgh has confirmed it sent agents to the scene.

The stop was made near Bruceton Mills, in northwestern Preston County.  If the driver had continued on his route, he was less than an hour away from the Cumberland area.


UPDATE: Maryland State Police report Interstate 68 reopened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.  

ORIGINAL(March 27, 2019 11:15 a.m.)

"Police activity" has Interstate 68 closed in both directions near the Maryland border, in Preston County, according to 911 officials.

State Police Captain Shallon Oglesby said that the shutdown came after a routine traffic stop at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for speeding along the eastbound lanes.


The trooper determined that the stop would require an "in-depth investigation" leading to the shutdown, Oglesby said. 

The closure in the eastbound lanes is at mile marker 23, which is the Bruceton Mills exit, according to WV 511.  The westbound lanes are closed in Maryland, with detours set up at exits 14(Uniontown-U.S. Route 40 West/Oakland-U.S. Route 219 South) and exit 4(Friendsville), according to Maryland State Police.  All trucks must exit at exit 14, Maryland state troopers said.

One Response to “UPDATE: Interstate 68 Reopened After Threat & Discovery Of Explosive Powder”

  1. March 27, 2019 at 11:58 am, Geoff said:

    Exit 29 in WV is Hazelton which is the first exit in WV after the state line rest stop so no, it’s not 30 miles into WV.


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