Semi-crash along I-70 Eastbound causes several hour shutdown

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Horrendous traffic for West Virginia drivers this morning after a Kenworth semi-truck crashed into a guardrail just over the Pennsylvania border, shutting down parts of I-70 East for several hours.

The traffic nightmare started around 5:30 this morning after a semi truck spilled dozens of boxes of red food powder all over the I-70 East Bound lanes near mile marker 5.

The accident literally left Wheeling traffic at a stand still for well over 7 hours!  The East Bound lanes were completely closed while crews worked to clear the debris of red food powder from the road.

Drivers were detoured to exit 5 towards U.S. 40.

This, causing bumper to bumper traffic along National Road in Elm Grove! 7News was there and saw people making u-turns towards the opposite direction and others turning onto side streets but those were packed too, leaving some people no choice but to park and wait it out.

“We got off and went to McDonald’s,” said traveler Cecily Hughes. 

She and her companions, Michael Rubino and Tracy Benaman were traveling back to New Jersey and told me they sat in that mess for nearly 30 minutes!

Their Waze app said they still had about 20 left and they were so over it they had to pull off and leave!
But this wasn’t the beginning of their travel drama.

“We were originally flying out of Columbus yesterday and due to the weather, all the flights were canceled,” said Rubino. 

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the driver of that truck was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Those eastbound lanes have been re-opened as of 12 this afternoon.

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