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Trailer overturns, spilling chemical compound on Buffalo Bridge

May. 10, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

BUFFALO, W.Va. -- A tractor-trailer that overturned on U.S. 35 near the Buffalo Bridge in Putnam County was carrying about 4,000 gallons of gluteraldehyde, a toxic chemical compound used to sterilize and disinfect medical equipment. The accident closed U.S. 35 nearly all day Friday.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly says crews had to bring in a crane to turn the tractor-trailer upright. After they move the truck, HAZMAT crews will suit up and assess how many of the 80 50-gallon barrels are leaking, she said.

Diesel fuel has also leaked onto the road during the accident.

U.S. 35 was expected to be closed until 9 p.m. Friday for cleanup, according to Bly.

Sections of state routes 62 and 817 near the Buffalo Bridge entrance ramps were also closed during this time.



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