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UPDATE: I-79 Reopens More Than 12 Hours After Monongalia Co. Collision

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Update:

Monongalia County Office of Emergency Management issued a statement that the highway reopened at 3:39 a.m. Wednesday, almost 12 hours after the collision occurred.

 

Original Story:

An accident involving a propane tanker truck and a flatbed truck closed both northbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the 146 mile marker in Monongalia County Tuesday afternoon.

State troopers said a flatbed truck and a propane truck were headed north on I-79 around 2 p.m. near Goshen Road when the flatbed veered off to the left of the road, came back on, and hit propane truck. This caused the propane truck to go over an embankment on the right side of the road.

The driver of the propane truck was transported to a hospital by ambulance. It's not known whether the other driver was transported from the scene.

Following the accident, both northbound lanes and one southbound lane on I-79 were closed, according to MECCA 911. One northbound lane has since reopened. Traffic is being detoured off exit 146 on I-79.

HAZMAT is bringing in emergency crews from the propane truck's company from Charleston and Pittsburgh to help clear the scene. It will take those crews approximately five hours to clear the truck from the embankment, according to HAZMAT officials. Both northbound lanes of I-79 will be closed again late Tuesday evening.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.