Workers clean spilled diesel from the roadway (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 17, 2016)
Crews unload cargo from the wrecked truck and place it on another (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Emergency crews said the exit ramp at Exit 51 along I-85 North at the I-385 / Woodruff Road interchange has been reopened after an hours-long shutdown Monday morning following a crash involving a tractor trailer.
The ramp to I-385 North was closed off due to the crash.
Emergency workers at the scene said a tractor trailer crashed into barricades at the interchange, which is undergoing construction as part of the 85 – 385 Gateway project.
The crash happened just before 1:30 a.m.
"A tractor trailer was traveling northbound on I-85 when the driver fell asleep and lost control of the truck," said Officer Gilberto Franco with the Greenville Police Department. "As a result he went through the guardrail and into the exit ramp at exit 51C (I-385 N) colliding with the cement barriers."
Franco also said fuel spilled from the truck and had to be cleaned up before the wreckage could be cleared.
"At least 200 plus gallons of diesel fuel has been spilled from the accident," Franco added. "Greenville City Fire and HAZMAT is on scene as well as DHEC, DOT and State Transport Police. Greenville City Fire has the fuel spill contained."
The truck’s trailer was refrigerated and all cargo had to be removed before it was towed away. A worker with the SC Department of Transportation said the tow process would likely be difficult because the truck was in bad shape.
The driver was not hurt in the crash and no other vehicles were involved.
Police announced the reopening of the road at about 2:30 p.m. - more than 12 hours after the crash.
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