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Highway reopened after chemical spill

Evans, W.Va. - Emergency crews closed W.Va. Route 87 in Evans for several hours Monday so a haz-mat team could clean up a minor chemical spill on the road.

Jackson County Emergency Operations Director Walt Smittle said a chemical called "Barchlor," spilled off the back of a tractor trailer carrying goods through the area shortly after 10:30 a.m.

The tractor trailer was carrying varying items and it was just one container of Barchlor that spilled.

Smittle said the chemical is relatively safe, except it can cause burns if exposed to skin. He said it did not pose any inhalation danger to the surrounding area.

Two individuals did have skin exposure when they tried to move the chemical container prior to the arrival of haz-mat crews. They were transported off-site to wash the chemical off their skin.

Smittle said officials did not declare a shelter in place because the chemical did not pose an environmental hazard.

Smittle said the road had to be closed so crews could clean the affected area according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. The Ripley Volunteer Fire Department is diverting traffic around the area, and a Jackson County EMS crew is on the scene for backup support. The West Virginia Department of Transportation reported the road was reopened shortly before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.


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