Sludge spilled from the back of a large container truck onto a section of National Road in the Woodsdale section of Wheeling Thursday morning, delaying traffic for hours as crews cleaned up the muddy-looking residue.
According to Wheeling police Deputy Chief Martin Kimble, the spill occurred just after 11:30 a.m., when an Allied Waste Services truck was hauling some sort of "industrial debris" from an RG Steel facility to a local landfill. The substance was spilled near a traffic signal in Woodsdale.
Motorists traveling east along that section of roadway were restricted to one lane while crews with Allied Waste cleaned up the largest portion of the spilled sludge.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
Crews with Allied Waste Services of Wheeling clean up a section of National Road in the Woodsdale section of Wheeling on Thursday after sludge spilled onto the road from one of the company’s trucks.
Workers shoveled most of the sludge into a Dumpster, while Wheeling police officers worked on traffic control in that area.
Kimble said when the driver of the truck applied his brakes, the sludge spilled out of the container portion of the truck and over top of the cab onto the road, causing a "massive spill." He described the sludge as being "very fluid" like.
Kimball said police were in the process of contacting the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to find out the safest way to clean up the remainder of the residue left on the road. He said authorities did not believe the material to be hazardous; however, an environmental service company was still being contacted to clean up the remaining residue.
Kimble said the driver, whose identity was not released Thursday, was not injured and would be cited for "having an unsecure load in his vehicle."
Several workers with the West Virginia Department of Transportation responded to the scene to assist with setting up a temporary traffic pattern for the eastbound side of National Road while crews cleaned up the spill.