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Asphalt Spill Closes Road For Hours

By Staff | Apr 21, 2010

State Route 20 was closed for approximately three hours Monday after an asphalt truck tipped on its side, spilling its hot load across the roadway.

Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins said the incident happened just north of Slim Chance Hill, approximately two miles from the route’s split with state Route 7. The truck was traveling south when it apparently lost control and ended up on its side.

While it appears to have been a single-vehicle incident, Hoskins said there is a possibility that a smaller pickup truck may have had its mirror clipped by the asphalt hauler. It is still under investigation by WCSD Corporal Roger Spragg and charges are pending.

The driver of the truck was injured, according to Hoskins, but refused treatment. There were no other passengers.

The road was closed from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the road surface was cleared. The truck was hauling for Klug Brothers, who responded to the scene for clean up.

During the closure, traffic was rerouted two different ways: southbound traffic went over Turkey Run Road while northbound traffic was directed over Barker Run Road. Those roads are not wide enough to accommodate much oncoming traffic, Hoskins explained. Nor are they sufficient for large trucks, which simply had to wait until state Route 20 reopened.

Wetzel Public Service District #1, Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department, New Martinsville, Volunteer Fire Department, and Paden City Volunteer Fire Company all assisted with the efforts. The Wetzel County Emergency Medical Service responded to the incident as well.