UPDATE (8/272021 2:30 p.m.):
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — I-79 closed down due to a tractor-trailer carrying Moderna COVID-19 vaccines crashing into a barrier.
According to a press release sent out by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, the vaccines were “to be sent as aid to a foreign” country; however, the driver “lost control on the interstate, struck a concrete barrier and wend down over the embankment” before rolling the vehicle on its side.
The tractor-trailer’s driver had to be extricated, and after being transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital, he was only treated for minor injuries, the release states.
Due to reports “that approximately 50 gallons of oil and anti-freeze had spilled out” of the vehicle, the Monongalia County Hazmat team responded, according to the release.
Currently, there is no update as to when the interstate will be reopened, the release states.
UPDATE (8/27/2021 8:37 a.m.):
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Northbound lanes of I-79 are still closed at this time, however the Monongalia County Hazardous Incident Response Team is on scene.
The incident happened in the bridge construction area of I-79 at 1:44 a.m., but the roadway is still closed at this time.
According to a member of the hazardous response team, airspace in the area near the accident is being restricted at this time.
Still on scene are the Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Department, Monongalia County Hazardous Incident Response Team, West Virginia Division of Highways crews and Marion County fire departmenta, according to the Mon County Communications Center.
The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital and has been cleared, officials said.
12 News has a reporter on scene, however, the hazardous response team will not allow anyone near the area of the accident.
Communications center officials stated that there is a truck en route to offload the materials from the site of the accident.
ORIGINAL (8/27/2021 7:49 a.m.):
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Northbound lanes of Interstate 79, near the Marion/Monongalia County line, will be closed for most of the day, Friday, emergency officials said.
An accident that left a tractor trailer over an embankment, overnight, at the 144 mile marker, is the cause of the shut down, officials said. That area is between Marion County line and the Goshen Road exit.
The interstate will be shut down for “most of the day,” Monongalia County Homeland Security officials said.
Emergency officials have not confirmed any injuries at this time.
I-79 north was also shut down for several hours, Thursday evening, due to a truck accident near the Harrison/Marion county line.