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Both Eastbound Lanes of I-64 Reopen in Putnam County

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FUEL SPILL RAISES QUESTIONS OF HAZMAT RESPONSE TIMES

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It took HazMat crews nearly eight hours to clear spilled fuel on Interstate 64 East, and it's raising questions of why it took so long to clean up.

The WVDOH says there's a few reasons. They say the amount of fuel spilled is not an ordinary situation.

"Two hundred gallons is pretty excessive. It's pretty unusual. It's a lot of fuel," says Shane Hundall, WVDOH safety specialist.

Communications Director, Brent Walker, says things come to a halt. "You wait for the DEP to get here, you wait for a tow truck to get here."

The crash happening at one in the morning wasn't exactly ideal for first responders.

"The out-of-state driver and the tow truck that had to come. It takes a little bit of time to get on the scene to assess the situation and then to figure out how to clean it up," Walker said.

The DOH does have the capability to clean up small scale spills of between 40 and 75 gallons. However, Walker says they are not equipped to handle spills of more than that amount.

"As HazMat crews go, you've gotta have the people that are interested in it and the money to train them and have them on standby," he said.

UPDATE 9/30/13 @ 9:41 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both lanes of Interstate 64 in Putnam County are back open to traffic after a tractor-trailer crash.

The crash happened about 1:15 a.m. Monday between Scott Depot and St. Albans.

Emergency crews say a semi carrying produce hit several deer and the impact caused the truck to then hit a guardrail and the Bills Creek Overpass.

The crash caused nearly 200 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the Interstate.

A HazMat crew cleaned the spill off of the fast lane and opened it first, and re-opened the slow lane about an hour and a half later.

The Department of Transportation says drivers should still expects some delay as traffic moves through.



UPDATE 9/30/13 @ 7:35 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fast lane of Interstate 64 in Putnam County is back open to traffic after a tractor-trailer accident.

The crash happened about 1:15 a.m. Monday between Scott Depot and St. Albans.

Emergency crews say a semi carrying produce hit several deer and the impact caused the truck to then hit a guardrail and the Bills Creek Overpass.

The crash caused nearly 200 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the Interstate.

Both eastbound lanes were closed for more than six hours until the fast lane reopened about 7:30 a.m.

Emergency crews say it will be a few more hours before the slow lane reopens to traffic.

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UPDATED 9/30/13 @ 4:14 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dispatchers with Putnam County 911 now tell WSAZ.com the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 will be closed until a fuel spill caused by a wreck can be cleaned up.

This comes after a semi carrying produce hit several deer, a guardrail, and the Bills Creek Overpass. The crash caused nearly 200 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the Interstate.

That crash happened about 1:30 Monday morning.

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ORGINAL STORY 9/30/13 @ 12:52 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both Eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 are shutdown this morning in Putnam County after a semi carrying produce hit several deer, the guardrail, and the Bills Creek Overpass, spilling more than a hundred gallons of diesel fuel into the road.

The crash happened about a mile west of the St. Albans exit. Putnam County dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the Interstate is expected to be shutdown until between 3:30 and 4:30 Monday morning.

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