By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An estimated 36,000 pounds of hazardous materials are carried per hour by tractor-trailers on Interstate 81 through Berkeley County, according to a study presented to the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday.
"It only takes one wreck and we could have a major incident," said Berkeley County Emergency Services Director Stephen Allen.
Allen presented a report to the commission prepared by the Local Emergency Planning Committee on the transportation of hazardous materials.
With the help of the West Virginia Division of Highways, volunteer firefighters with the hazardous materials response team surveyed the number of tractor-trailers traveling the highways during a four-day span between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Allen said.
There were 262 trucks carrying 3,677,767 pounds of hazardous materials on board during the survey period, Allen said. Flammable liquids were carried in 90 of the trucks, he said.