Driver charged when tanker overturns on I-64 in Newport News

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 9:10 AM

Asphalt sealer spill on I-64

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NEWPORT NEWS-- Westbound traffic on I-64 near J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News was detoured for hours Thursday due to an overturned tanker truck.

Police said the impact of the crash ruptured the tank, causing it to leak a 1,000 gallons of asphalt sealer into the roadway.

Watch the progress of the cleanup on our live video traffic cam

Traffic was diverted to the J. Clyde Morris Blvd/Yorktown exit (Exit 258-A) until about 9:00 p.m.

The asphalt sealer is water-based and non-hazardous.  Four trucks loaded with sand have been brought in to contain the spill as it is cleaned up and cleared from the roadway.

According to Virginia State Police, as the tanker truck was traversing the on-ramp, its load shifted causing the tanker truck to overturn onto its side.  
 
The driver, 29-year-old Dennis Smith of North Chesterfield, has been charged with failure to maintain control of a vehicle. He wasn't hurt.

Authorities said speed was a factor in the crash.

 

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