Monday, February 2, 2009

Truck Overturns; Creates "Hershey Highway"

CHARLESTON -- An unusual accident involving a box-type tractor-trailer is leading to some traffic problems in Kanawha County.

The big rig overturned around 4:30 a.m. Monday near the 9 mile marker of Interstate 79, outside of Elkview.

The driver received only minor injuries, but a small fire did start near the truck's battery.

Metro 911 says no hazardous materials were involved. In fact, the truck was reportedly carrying 47,000 pounds of cocoa, which has spilled across the roadway.

In addition, light rains are hampering the cleanup effort. An official with the Division of Highways tells 13 News that a prison work-release crew may be brought in to help.

Both southbound lanes of Interstate 79 were closed for most of the day as a result of the accident. As of 2:30 p.m., one southbound lane has reopened. An available alternate route is the Elkview exit onto U.S Route 119. Motorists should take Route 119 south and get back on I-79 at Big Chimney.

Authorities say the clean up could take into the evening.