I-70 CLOSED at Exit 5 eastbound in West Virginia



Sheriff Tom Howard says I-70 at the Pennsylvania state line will be shut down for hours, and the ensuing traffic back-up will continue.

He says the tractor has been removed, but the trailer is still on its side.

Sheriff Howard said it was hauling red food coloring which means a haz-mat team will have to be brought in.

It is unknown of when Exit 5 on the West Virginia side is expected to re-open.


Correction: It was originally reported that the tractor was hauling ink, when it was in fact hauling red food coloring. The story has been corrected to reflect the correct information.

UPDATE from Wheeling Police 8 a.m.

Traffic Advisory:

I-70 Eastbound remains closed at Exit 1 in Pennsylvania due to a tractor trailer crash and fire.

Traffic is being detoured at I-70 EB Exit 5 in WV to US-40 Eastbound, expect delays.

Estimated reopen time is 11:00 a.m.


A semi-truck crash on Interstate 70 eastbound at mile maker 1 has backed up traffic into West Virginia.

According to Wheeling Police, I-70 EB at exit 5 is CLOSED and traffic is being directed onto US 40 eastbound to Pennsylvania.

Stay with 7News for updates.

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