One Westbound Lane Of I-64 Will Remain Closed For Several Days After 6,800 Gallons Of Fuel Spilled Onto Interstate

UPDATE: GREENBRIER COUNTY (WOAY) – One westbound lane of I-64 will remain shut down for several days following a fuel spill in Greenbrier County.

Joseph Thomas, Fire Chief Of Lewisburg Fire Department, tells WOAY that a hazmat company from Bluefield is on the scene to remove dirt and test it.  Thomas says this process will take several days until all dirt samples test negative for any fuel.

Approximately 4,000 gallons of gasoline and 2,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out of the tractor-trailer truck.

A geologist is on the scene to look and test the rocks that could have fuel on them.

Thomas tells WOAY that no fuel entered the nearby creek bed.

Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan released the following information regarding the accident:

On Wednesday, June 06, 2018, at approximately 10:08 pm, a Freightliner tractor pulling a fueltanker  was west bound on I-64 when it ran off of the roadway onto the shoulder and overturned onto its passenger side. The driver, identified as Leonard Keaton of Meadow Bridge, WV, suffered minor injuries. Some fuel leakage necessitated containment by local fire departments and environmental crews. The 171 mile marker accident resulted in the closure of I-64 westbound for several hours and a detour of traffic.

Corporal D. W. Hedrick of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office is the investigating officer.


Original Story: (6/6/18 at 10:45 pm)

GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a tractor-trailer accident along I-64.

Officials tell WOAY that the call came in at 10:08 pm on I -64 westbound near mile marker 170.  Right now, one westbound lane is closed.

A significant amount of gas is leaking from the tractor-trailer and people are advised to find an alternate route.

Minor injuries have occurred due to the accident.

Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, Lewisburg Fire, Fairlea Fire, Greenbrier Ambulance, White Sulphur Springs Ambulance and Greenbrier Homeland Security and Emergency Management Responded to the scene.

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