WASHINGTON, W.Va - A tractor-trailer accident in the 7600 section of Dupont Road in Washington, W.Va., caused no injuries, but closed the southbound lane for more than three hours Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Driver Ervin Tackett, 61, suffered minor injuries in the accident that resulted when he underestimated a left-hand turn while driving his tractor-trailer loaded with unprocessed logs, said Sgt. R. Sims with the Wood County Sheriff's Department.
The tractor-trailer was owned by Highland Wood Fiber LLC, a Waverly, Ohio, company.
Photo provided by Anthony Gaskins
After landing on its passenger side, this logging truck spilled much of its load of unprocessed logs, along with most of its diesel fuel, motor oil and antifreeze, along the 7600 block of Dupont Road, just off U.S. 50, closing the southbound lanes for a portion of Thursday afternoon.
Tackett had just exited U.S. 50 from the eastbound lanes and turned left onto Dupont Road, Sims said. During the turn, the load shifted and tipped the trailer section over, Sims said.
The cab was pulled onto its passenger side along with the trailer section, said Anthony Gaskins, firefighter with the Blennerhassett Volunteer Fire Department. The vehicle landed against the guardrail, Gaskins said.
Tackett climbed free of his truck before emergency workers arrived, and was found surveying the scene, said Gaskins.
Sometime during the incident, the safety straps on the cargo area broke, releasing the logs all over the roadway, Sims said.
The wreck blocked the southbound lane of traffic for several hours while officials cleared the scene, Sims said. Sims estimated that two-thirds of the unprocessed log cargo rolled out of the truck bed during the accident. About half of those rolled over the guardrail and down an embankment, Sims said.
Firefighters from the Washington Bottom Volunteer Fire Department and the Blennerhassett Volunteer Fire Department were on scene until the truck was righted, Sims said.
Large amounts of fluids leaked from the overturned truck, including diesel fuel, engine oil and anti-freeze, Gaskins said.
The West Virginia Department of Highways responded to the scene to assist in clearing the logs from the roadway, said Curtis Richards, highway administrator with the department.
The Department of Highways flagged traffic through the unblocked northbound lane of Dupont Road for more than three hours during the clean-up process, Richards said.
Highland Wood Fiber LLC sent a knuckle boom truck to the scene, Richards said. The knuckle boom truck picked the logs up from the road and placed them on a back-up vehicle to remove them from the scene, Richards said.
Dupont Road was reopened to normal traffic around 5 p.m. Thursday, Sims said.