According to the Sistersville Police Chief Benjamin Placer, the truck was traveling southbound on Rt. 2 when the driver hit a pot hole and lost control of the vehicle. The truck then overturned, spilling sodium hydroxide.
TYLER COUNTY, W.Va. -
Route 2 south of Sistersville was back open Wednesday morning after a chemical spill was cleaned up late Tuesday.
The road was closed after a tractor trailer overturned about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, spilling around 3,500 gallons of a liquid form of caustic soda.
According to Sistersville Police Chief Benjamin Placer, the truck was traveling southbound on Rt. 2 near Sistersville Country Club when it went off the roadway onto the shoulder, hitting a pothole. The driver lost control of the vehicle, taking out a length of guardrail, then overturned, spilling its contents onto the road. A hazmat team was called to the scene and identified the substance as a liquid form of sodium hydroxide, a caustic chemical commonly called lye.
Placer said the investigating officer will cite the tractor-trailer driver for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. He suffered minor injuries in the accident.
A West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection crew assisted in the clean up of the spill. Crews from Axiall in Natrium also came to assist as well.
Placer sought to reassure Sistersville residents, telling 7 News, "There's no big environmental concern at this point. We didn't have to evacuate any of the citizens. Nothing like that has occurred. The drinking water is still safe."