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Crash closes part of 5th Avenue for two hours

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A two-vehicle crash involving semi-trailer trucks closed a section of 5th Avenue for a little more than two hours Wednesday afternoon.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 31st Street.

The two trucks were turning right from 5th Avenue onto 31st Street when they brushed against each other, causing a tank on a U.S. Foods truck to puncture and spill diesel fuel onto the roadway, said Brian Grieco of the Huntington Fire Department. The other truck belonged to Bella Enterprises out of Ohio. Neither of the drivers was injured.

Fifth Avenue from 29th Street to 31st Street was blocked to all traffic during the cleanup. Northbound traffic on 31st Street also was reduced to one lane during that time.

Grieco estimated 50-75 gallons of fuel were spilled. Crews were still cleaning up the scene at 3:45 p.m. under the supervision of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. They expected the roadway to reopen to traffic by 4:30 p.m.

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