UPDATE: Truck carrying hazardous material overturns on I-77

One southbound lane remains closed near mile-marker 164 south of Mineral Wells
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 4/16/21 5 P.M.

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) -One southbound lane of Interstate 77 south of Mineral Wells could remain closed until sometime Saturday after a tractor-trailer carrying a hazardous material crashed Friday morning, authorities said.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the semi was hauling a box trailer containing a substance that could cause breathing problems for anyone who is exposed. Authorities have not released the name of the substance or said how much, if any, of it spilled out of the trailer. However, the trailer was “ripped open,” Stephens said.

The extended cleanup time is needed because crews have to transfer the contents of the trailer to another vehicle before they can remove the truck from the side of the road, Stephens said.

The crash happened about 10 a.m. Friday near mile-marker 164 when the driver lost control while traveling north on the interstate. The truck crossed the median into the southbound lanes before going over an embankment and rolling onto its side.

The driver was not injured, and the truck was the only vehicle involved in the crash, authorities said.

We will continue to follow this story with updates online and during WTAP News.


WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - A tractor trailer has rolled over on I-77, near mile marker 164.

No additional information has been reported about the cause of the rollover or any injuries.

One lane of traffic is closed in I-77.

WTAP will continue to provide updates as additional details become available.

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