UPDATE: Shelter in place lifted after tractor-trailer accident

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/27/18 @ 3 p.m.
A precautionary shelter in place has been lifted in the Belle area after a tractor-trailer accident earlier Friday, Metro 911 reports.

It had affected many multiple schools, as well as residents in that area.

U.S. 60 is back open, and West DuPont Avenue opened later Friday afternoon. Several other roads also had been affected in that area.

Deputies say the truck was hauling aluminum phosphide. According to online reports and county officials, it is a toxic chemical that will react with water or moisture to release highly toxic and flammable gas.

The driver, Terry Martin, 60 of Charleston, lost control and landed in a ditch, with the semi ending up on its side. Martin was not injured in the accident.

As of early Friday afternoon, none of the chemical had leaked out of the truck.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/27/18 @ 12:50 p.m.
A precautionary shelter in place has been issued for the 1800 Block of West Dupont Avenue to 1 Panther Drive in the Belle area of Kanawha County.

Several roads are closed in the area.

The shelter in place is due to a tractor-trailer accident where the driver lost control and landed in a ditch. The semi is now on its side.

Currently, crews are working to upright the truck.

Deputies say the truck was hauling Aluminum Phosphide. According to online reports and county officials, it is a toxic chemical that will react with water or moisture to release highly toxic and flammable gas.

County officials tell WSAZ as of 1:30 p.m. none of the chemical has leaked out of the truck.

The shelter in place is affecting several Kanawha County Schools near the accident. According to the county's Facebook page, all schools between Kanawha City and Riverside are currently under a precautionary shelter in place as crews respond to a hazmat situation in the Belle area.

Schools sheltering in place include: Malden Elementary, Marmet Elementary, Midland Trail Elementary, Belle Elementary, Chamberlain Elementary, Chesapeake Elementary, Kanawha City Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School, Dupont Middle School, Carver Career Center and Riverside High School. We will update you when the shelter in place has been lifted or there are more instructions.

Right now, W DuPont Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard east are both shut down to traffic from Burning Springs to Chemours Plant.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/27/18 @ 11:54 a.m.
Crews plan to shut down Route 60 in an area of Belle where a semi crashed because of hazardous material that could get in the water.

Shane Hudnall, Safety Officer with the West Virginia Division of Highways, says the material in the tractor trailer is hazardous. He says the nearby ditch is full of water and they don't want the material contaminating it.

The accident happened along the 2200 block of Dupont Avenue West.

No injuries have been reported.

Our crew at the scene says the truck appears to have gone off the road into a ditch and overturned.

Several agencies are on scene including the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, Rand Fire Department, Kanawha County Emergency Management Authority, and Belle Police Department.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/27/18
Metro 911 dispatchers say a tractor trailer has crashed in Belle.

It happened along the 2200 block of Dupont Avenue West.

The road way is shut down.

No injuries have been reported.



 
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