Traffic Moving Again on I-77 After Chemical Leak

By: Associated Press / WSAZ Email
By: Associated Press / WSAZ Email

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Traffic is again moving on Interstate 77 in Kanawha County near Sissonville after being shut down for much of the day because of a chemical spill.

One lane in each direction had reopened by 2:30 p-m.

A dispatcher says the highly corrosive chemical spilled from a heavy-duty pickup truck that had run off the road at about the Tuppers Creek exit before 6 a-m.

The chemical, hydroxyethylidene one, is used for water treatment in mining operations and can cause skin or eye irritation.

The truck was carrying the chemical in two 2,900 pound containers, one of which busted. Thomas Miller with the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department says 58-hundred pounds of the chemical spilled.

The driver and two people who stopped to help had to be decontaminated. The driver, identified by the Kanawha County Sheriffs Department as 36-year-old Tim Julio of Follansbee, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection says the agency's Emergency Response Unit was called to the scene because some of the chemical went into a ditch and had to be neutralized.

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