W.Va. Officials Spot Gasoline Sheen In River

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia environmental regulators say a tractor-trailer crash on a Charleston highway caused diesel fuel to drain into a nearby river.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise said the overturned truck spilled 30 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel onto Interstate 77 and into a storm drain. Aluise said the truck driver died.

The crash occurred Saturday near an exit leading to West Virginia's Capitol. The drain led material to the Kanawha River.

State environmental regulators provided an absorbent boom to local fire officials over the weekend. But Aluise said the boom didn't work, and an additional boom was provided. The sheen was spotted on the river Monday.

Aluise said the company responsible, Taylor Express of North Carolina, hired an environmental group to help with cleanup and containment.

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