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Overturned truck spills batteries, acid
Environmental cleanup of the site took two days
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Courtesy Photo: A tractor-trailer hauling 40,000 pounds of car batteries slid off the roadway, overturned and slid down a steep embankment on Route 40 in Endicott Monday night. The driver of the rig was not injured. The truck was hauling the batteries from Pennsylvania to Winston Salem, N.C.

Friday, February 15, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Two days after a tractor-trailer overturned on Route 40 in Endicott, an environmental cleanup crew finished removing soil contaminated by battery acid.

W.E.L. Environmental Services recovered about 30,000 pounds of batteries and dug down about 2 feet to remove the contaminated soil, according to Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

The wreck occurred Monday night when the tractor-trailer was traveling west on Route 40 about 14 miles west of Ferrum, Russell said. When the truck entered a sharp curve near the intersection of St. John's Loop Road, the right wheels got off on the shoulder of the road, and the truck laid over on its right side.

The trailer, containing 40,000 pounds of car batteries, slid about 30 feet down a steep embankment, Russell said. The shifting load ruptured the aluminum trailer, spilling about 30,000 pounds of the batteries down the embankment. Many of those batteries spilled acid onto the ground.

The driver of the rig, Armetjir Amadi of Michigan, was not injured, Russell said. He works for Conway Trucking in Taylor, Michigan.

The driver was hauling the batteries from Pennsylvania to Winston Salem, N.C., when his GPS indicated he should take a right on 40, Russell said.

"He should have taken Interstate 40, not Route 40," Russell said. "Beyond Ferrum College, Route 40 is not suitable for tractor-trailers. We've had this problem before with GPS systems."

The accident blocked the roadway for nearly 10 hours, Russell said, as volunteer firefighters worked traffic control until about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The wreck occurred about 8:42 p.m. Monday. The Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department, public safety, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police and the Franklin County HAZMAT team responded to the call.

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