Seafood truck spill ties up traffic on I-81

August 04, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Workers spent about 31/2 hours clearing the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 below the Tablers Station Road exit Sunday after a tractor-trailer carrying 26,000 pounds of seafood flipped in the freeway, police said.

Although Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies were able to keep one lane of traffic open around the crash scene most of the time, traffic still backed up to some of the Martinsburg exits seven miles away, said Cpl. Ron Gardner.

The 11:44 a.m. crash occurred when the tractor-trailer driven by John Satterfield, 77, of Westfield, N.J., went off the right side of the interstate at about the seven-mile marker, Gardner said.


It is not clear what caused Satterfield's truck to go off the road, Gardner said.

The truck struck a concrete support for a road sign, causing the left front tire to blow, Gardner said.

The blowout caused the truck to re-enter the southbound lane and flip on its side, Gardner said.

The 26,000 pounds of seafood remained inside the trailer, Gardner said.

The food had to be unloaded from the truck and loaded into another truck before rescue crews could remove the wrecked carrier, Gardner said.

Satterfield, who was not injured in the wreck, was cited for failure to maintain control, Gardner said.

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