WSAZ - Local News and Breaking News Coverage for West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

UPDATE: Diesel Fuel Spills into Kanawha River after Fatal Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

UPDATE 2/17/14 @ 5:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia environmental regulators say a tractor-trailer crash on a Charleston highway caused diesel fuel to drain into a nearby river.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise said the overturned truck spilled 30 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel onto Interstate 77 and into a storm drain. Aluise said the truck driver died.

The crash occurred Saturday near an exit leading to West Virginia's Capitol. The drain led material to the Kanawha River.

State environmental regulators provided an absorbent boom to local fire officials over the weekend. But Aluise said the boom didn't work, and an additional boom was provided. The sheen was spotted on the river Monday.

Aluise said the company responsible, Taylor Express of North Carolina, hired an environmental group to help with cleanup and containment.



UPDATE: 2/15/14 @ 10:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Northbound lane of Interstate 77 near exit 99 has reopened after an accident Saturday morning.

The roads were closed for seven hours as crews cleared the scene after a tractor trailer rolled over and diesel fuel was spilled.

Metrol 911 says one person was killed in the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE: 2/15/14 @ 5:35 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Metro 911 confirms one person is dead after an accident early Saturday morning.

The Northbound lane of Interstate 77 is shut down near the Greenbrier Street exit.

Metro 911 tells WSAZ.com a tractor trailer rolled over near the exit. Traffic is being diverted off the Midland Trail exit.

The accident is being investigated by Charleston Traffic Division.

No word on when the interstate will reopen.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY: 2/15/14 @ 3:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both North and South lanes of Interstate 77 are shut down Saturday morning near the Greenbrier Street exit due to an accident.

Metro 911 tells WSAZ.com a tractor trailer rolled over near the exit. Traffic is being diverted off the Midland Trail exit.

The driver was hurt in the crash. Medics are still on scene and the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

Diesel fuel is leaking and crews are working to clean it up. It is unknown how long the interstate will be shut down.

Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 245656091 - wsaz.com/a?a=245656091