Truck loaded with 6,000 gallons of milk overturns on I-95 south

Posted at 12:53 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 18:24:44-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- There are delays along Interstate 95 southbound in Richmond, on the ramp to the Boulevard, after a tanker truck carrying 6,000 gallons of milk overturned Wednesday afternoon.


Crash closed lane of traffic on 95 south

The right lane of I-95 southbound at Boulevard and the ramp to Boulevard remained closed as of 6 p.m.

Virginia State Police said the single-vehicle crash occurred around 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver says he takes the route every day, but today when he came around the turn he felt his truck kept going and that caused him to flip over.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released with bumps on the head and a dislocated finger.

The top of milk tank was punctured, and had to be plugged, to keep the milk from spilling out. Crews are working to find a solution so that when the truck is moved, the milk is still contained.

Troopers are on scene and said cleanup will take a few hours. Since milk is considered a hazardous material, the Department of Environmental Quality is also at the scene to supervise cleanup.

Milk is considered an environmental hazard because if it gets in the local water source it can kill fish in nearby bodies of water.

Environmental quality crews say their work will mostly likely last through the rest on Wednesday night.

***Note, this article originally stated 60,000 gallons of milk, as initially quoted by VSP, who revised the number.

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