Traffic along the eastbound lane of Interstate-70 slowed to a crawl for hours as work crews cleared wreckage from a semi accident Friday morning.
Around 7 a.m., dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center were notified that a semi-tractor trailer was involved in an accident in the eastbound passing lane a quarter-mile east of the 25-mile marker.
Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Jackson and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Departments and TransCare were dispatched to the scene.
Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, apparently the unidentified driver lost control of the semi, left the road, traveling for approximately 100 feet before hitting several trees and stopping in a ditch on the north side of the eastbound lane.
The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
A large amount of diesel fuel was leaking from the semi tractor. Firefighters were able to stop the leak but unable to contain all of it. Due to high amounts of recent rainfall some of the fuel was able to enter a nearby creek.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband confirmed to The Brazil Times that HAZMAT teams were dispatched to the area.
As a safety precaution, crewmembers set out several traps along the waterway that would catch the fuel lying on top of the water and still allow the clean water to flow freely underneath the trap.
Husband said his office would be contacted with a report detailing the actions to protect the environment taken at the crash site at a later date.
Traffic slowed to a snail's pace and backed up for several miles as workers removed the load of "baby boost food" from the trailer and emergency workers cleared the wreckage from the passing lane.