Turnpike slowed after tanker truck wreck

UPDATE 6 a.m. Monday — Turnpike officials say traffic is likely to be slowed through mid-morning Monday.

MAHAN, W.Va. — A Sunday afternoon crash of a tanker truck on the West Virginia Turnpike was continuing to cause a major traffic back up Sunday night.

Traffic was moving at about 5 mph several miles before and through the accident scene. (Submitted Photo)

The truck wrecked in the northbound lanes just south of the Mahan exit at around 1:15 p.m. It skidded on its side and part of the truck went over the barrier wall into the southbound lanes.

Authorities had the northbound shoulder open quickly and by 4:15 p.m. they were able to open one north and one southbound lane. Traffic was backed up in both directions. The northbound back up was approximately five miles at 9 p.m. Traffic was moving at about 5 mph.

The truck was carrying a glue-like substance. Cleanup was still taking place Sunday night and authorities were waiting on another truck to arrive to unload the tanks that had not ruptured.

There was no immediate word about the condition of the driver.

Turnpike troopers are investigating the crash,

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