I-81 NB Reopens in Berkeley County After Fuel Spill

By BRITTANY MARSHALL | bmarshall@whag.com

Published 01/13 2014 04:32AM

Updated 01/13 2014 04:47PM

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - An accident involving two tractor trailers shutdown Interstate-81 northbound at the 18 mile marker early Monday morning. 

West Virginia State Police say around 3:30 a.m. one tractor lost all power and abruptly stopped on the highway, causing another trailer to crash into it from behind. The crash caused diesel fuel to spill on to the roadway. 

The highway was closed for more than three hours and reopened around 9:30 a.m. Monday. 

Police say the interstate had to be covered with sand to absorb the fuel. 

"It did close down once we had all the wreckers on the scene to sort of try to separate the two rigs from each other. They were stuck together, there for awhile and it took some work to get the roadway back opened up," said Trooper Matt Morgan, West Virginia State Police. 

Police say both drivers were taken to area hospitals, and have since been released. 

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