Campbell County first responders spend 12+ hours clearing overturned tanker truck along US-29

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(Photo: Courtesy Evington Volunteer Fire Department)

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Campbell County first responders spent over 12 hours cleaning up a highway on Tuesday after a tanker truck overturned along U.S. Route 29.

Shortly after 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, the Evington Volunteer Fire Department says their crews and the Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the 6000 block of Wards Road for a crash involving a tractor trailer that overturned with at least one person trapped inside. The tractor trailer was reportedly hauling an unknown substance at the time.

Firefighters from Altavista, Hazmat, and other personnel also responded to the call. Both northbound and southbound lanes were shut down on U.S. Route 29 and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) put major detour routes in place.

After investigating, fire officials say investigators discovered and contained a small diesel fuel leak from the Semi, but no leak was found from the trailer tanker.

Crews also found one person trapped in the vehicle, who was was extracted with minor injuries.

Units monitored air quality to make sure it was safe and tolerable, but they found no threats from the leak. The contents had to be pumped to a new tanker trailer before removing the wrecked one from the scene.

Piedmont Fleet Services, Inc. helped turn the truck upright after removing all of its contents. The tractor and tanker trailer were flipped back over and towed from the scene. The incident lasted more than 12 hours and was one of four calls Company 17 responded to on Tuesday.

“Great job by all members from all agencies on scene who worked seamlessly together and did not quit until the incident was complete,” the Evington Volunteer Fire Department wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, July 15.

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