Truck crash block traffic on I-81 for hours

March 26, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A tractor-trailer caught fire on Interstate 81 early Monday after the driver of the rig struck a concrete barrier near the King Street exit, West Virginia State Police said.

David N. Spencer Jr., 58, of Williamsport, was heading south on the interstate half a mile north of the King Street exit when his right front tire blew out, Sgt. M.A. Carte said Monday afternoon.

Spencer lost control of his U.S.A. Cartage Inc. rig and struck the blunt end of a concrete barrier, Carte said.

The concrete barrier ruptured the fuel tanks on the truck, causing the truck to burst into flames, Carte said.

The truck slid about 514 feet along the barrier before coming to a rest, Carte said.

Spencer, who was not injured in the crash, crawled out of the burning rig, Carte said.

Southbound traffic on the interstate was routed through Martinsburg for 31/2 hours while crews cleaned up the scene, Carte said.


The tractor section of the rig was burned and the trailer was twisted.

The rig was carrying baby food, but none of the load was lost in the crash, Carte said.

No other vehicles were involved in the 6:46 a.m. crash.

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