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W.Va. 2 Reopens Following Lye Spill

January 23, 2014
By SARAH HARMON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

SISTERSVILLE - A portion of W.Va. 2 reopened Wednesday after a truck overturned late Tuesday just south of Sistersville, spilling sodium hydroxide liquid along the road.

According to Sistersville police Officer Rob Haught, the driver of the truck was traveling south on W.Va. 2 just after 3:15 p.m. when the driver lost control and the truck overturned and hit a guardrail. According to Haught, the substance, commonly known as lye, spilled over a hill toward the Ohio River.

The road was closed for about nine hours as crews worked to clean the spill. Haught said the spill was not a threat to drinking water or houses in the surrounding community.

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A portion of W.Va. 2 near Sistersville was closed for several hours Tuesday after a tanker truck overturned, spilling lye onto the road.

Hazmat teams from Axiall Corp. in Natrium as well as Sistersville police and fire departments, the Division of Highways and the Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene to control the spill.

The driver, whom police did not identify, was not injured and was cited for failure to maintain control of the vehicle. The vehicle is owned by Schneider National Inc.

 
 

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