The Times West Virginian

May 22, 2013

Gravel, fuel spills cause traffic delays in county

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Once again, drivers were forced to take a detour from Interstate 79.

This time, instead of near mile marker 139 northbound, it was at the southbound 136 mile marker near Pleasant Valley.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, a large load of gravel was accidentally released from a truck. According to media reports, all three southbound lanes were closed for about two hours.

In the meantime, drivers were forced to take a detour.

The lanes were opened back up by 2:30 p.m.

West Virginia State Police and the Division of Highways handled the situation.

A fuel spill on Middletown Road at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Route 73 and U.S. 250 South also backed up traffic for a while.

The spill happened after an unsecured five-gallon container of hydraulic fluid came off a flatbed of a construction truck at the intersection of Route 73 and U.S. 250 at the traffic light, said White Hall police chief Geno Guerrieri.

“It spilled for a couple hundred feet in the turning lane of Route 73,” he said.

Responders from the Valley Volunteer Fire Department treated the fluid with Oil-Dri.

“It took about 45 minutes to an hour. Nobody was injured and there were no citations,” Guerrieri said.