Truck Spills Hazardous Material

Environmental clean-up crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways spent several hours Wednesday morning managing a spill as a result of a tractor-trailer accident on Burch Ridge Road.

According to Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil, the truck spilled both alpha-naphthylamine, a poisonous and hazardous chemical, and a non-hazardous foamer product. He said the truck was transporting the materials as well as drilling equipment to a well pad at about 12:15 a.m. and got stuck on a hairpin turn along the road. Cecil said the truck was carrying 16 drums of the poisonous material and four drums containing the foamer ruptured.

The driver was not endorsed to transport hazerdous materials and was cited for the accident. The truck was taken to Middle Creek Garage Inc. after the incident. No injuries were reported.

The material did not spill near a creek, stream or any residences, according to Emergency Management Director Tom Hart.

“It was an oversized vehicle on a very narrow winding road,” Hart said. “It’s not a roadway that is tractor-trailer friendly.”