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Oil spill ties up traffic

March 31, 2009

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Oil that spilled from a Mack truck having mechanical problems Tuesday morning in Charles Town forced authorities to detour traffic from East Washington Street (W.Va. 51) for about 90 minutes, police said.

Charles Town police said the engine in the 2008 truck blew up while the vehicle was traveling east at about 10 a.m. near the Towne House Motor Lodge. Officials were told about 50 gallons of oil spilled onto the heavily traveled road, according to Charles Town Police Department Capt. Glenn F. Stevens.

The operator of the truck, which was hauling a box trailer for Feesers Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., was not cited, Stevens said.

West Virginia Division of Highways officials were instrumental in cleaning the road of oil, which spread between the Towne House and East Washington Street's intersection with Jefferson Avenue, Stevens said.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Independent Fire Co. also assisted at the scene, Stevens said.

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