Tanker truck misses turn; ends up in ditch, causing major traffic woes

Tanker truck misses turn; ends up in ditch, causing major traffic woes

Tanker truck misses turn; ends up in ditch, causing major traffic woes

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 11:16 PM

Tanker in ditch

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CHESAPEAKE -- A tanker truck turning off of U.S. Route 58 into a gas station didn't quite make it, ending up in a ditch and causing major traffic headaches during rush hour Monday evening.

The call to dispatch came in just before 4 p.m. reporting the accident. The truck was carrying 5,500 gallons of gasoline and 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

No fuel spilled out of the truck, but the weight of the liquid required that a second tanker truck be brought to the scene so the fuel could be transferred out of the truck in the ditch before responders could try to pull it out of the ditch.

The operation required police to completely close the eastbound lanes of Rte. 58 to accomodate the vehicles and heavy equipment needed to deal with the incident. The westbound lanes were reconfigured for two-way traffic, and eastbound traffic was rerouted there.

The operation to pump the fuel out, pull the tanker truck out of the ditch and reopen eastbound Rte. 58 took several hours, with the road reopening at around 11 p.m.

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