UPDATE | Rumpke investigating why trash was spilled all over Interstate 64

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/22/19 @11:47p.m.
Garbage collection company Rumpke is responding following the incident involving the truck that slowed traffic on Interstate 64 in Barboursville Monday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Trash was spilled in the westbound lanes, blocking it, and some was also in the lanes heading east. Drivers were able to maneuver over or around it.

According to a news release from the company, no one was hurt in the incident. It added that Rumpke and authorities worked to clean up the trash that was non-hazardous, municipal solid trash that had been collected from area businesses.

The Department of Highways and the Barboursville Police Department arrived on scene to assist Rumpke in clean-up efforts, according to a news release.

It went on to say, "After ensuring the safety of all involved, our top priority was to get the highway cleaned up as soon as possible," said Brad Justice, Waverly Region Safety Supervisor. "We are incredibly thankful to the Department of Highways and the Barboursville Police Department for their attention to detail and assistance."

The company is still working to figure out why the accident happened.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/22/19
Traffic is backed up Monday afternoon on Interstate 64 West after a garbage truck spilled trash near the 18 mile-marker, Cabell County 911 dispatchers say.

That is in the Barboursville area at the Merritts Creek exit. One lane is open at this time.

The incident was reported around 3 p.m.

Traffic is reported to be congested in that area. The westbound entrance ramp onto I-64 from the Huntington Mall is closed at this time, according to our crew at the scene. Traffic is being routed toward U.S. 60.

DOH crews say they're going to shut westbound side down completely when another dump truck gets there to remove the trash.

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