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Details Released On Tanker Truck Rollover

By Staff | Dec 15, 2016

A tanker truck rollover shut down Shortline Highway for several hours Monday night, into early Tuesday morning. (Photos provided)

Folsom Volunteer Fire Department Captain Gary Glasscock II has released details regarding a tanker truck rollover that occurred Dec. 13 on Shortline Highway.

Glassock said at 6:48 p.m., Dec. 13, Wetzel County 911 received several calls concerning the rollover, which occurred approximately one mile from the Wetzel/Harrison County line. The tanker truck was owned and operated by Satterlee Leasing LLC and was carrying 5800 gallons of on-road and off-road diesel fuel. The tanker was traveling to a well pad located in Jacksonburg, and the driver was unable to bring the tanker back onto the roadway, after it had went off the road.

Folsom VFD and EMS were first responding units on scene and discovered the tank to be severely damaged, as well as leaking fuel at a high rate.

The roadway was immediately shut down and additional resources were called in to assist with containing the spill.

Captain Glasscock noted the fuel was contained by the fire department before it had the chance to enter South Fork Fishing Creek. “However, we took precautions and deployed absorbent materials just in case,” he said.

All local resources were used from the Folsom VFD spill trailer, Bridgeport Fire Department (Harrison County), as well as New Martinsville VFD hazardous materials teams to help contain the spill until a cleanup team could arrive on scene and the tanker could be pumped off.

Glasscock said Hillbilly Towing of Fairmont arrived on scene and retrieved the vehicle after the off load was complete. Glasscock said the off load took almost two hours, and it was determined the truck lost a total of 500 gallons of fuel.

The tanker truck’s driver had no apparent injuries and remained on scene until the truck was removed and Sunpro Emergency Response, as well as Ryan Environmental could arrive on scene and begin cleanup.

Glasscock reported that Folsom VFD had twelve personnel on scene and was assisted by Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, Wetzel County Office of Emergency Management/911, Jacksonsburg VFD, Pine Grove VFD, New Martinsville VFD, Paden City VFD, Wallace VFD, Bridgeport VFD, West Virginia Department of Highways, WV Department of Environmental Protection, Mark West Plant, Dominion Gas, Sunpro Emergency Response and Ryan Environmental.

It was noted that Roger Spragg, of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, is the investigating officer to the accident.

The roadway remained closed until 4 a.m., until it could be cleaned and inspected by DOH. Folsom Fire Department would like to thank everyone who responded to the scene and assisted with the incident.