GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — All lanes of I-64 West in Goochland County were backed up on Tuesday due to a crash.
Virginia State Police told 8News that a dump truck ran off the road left and overturned, spilling what was first believed to be manure onto the interstate. It was later determined the contents were biosolids.
The driver was trapped in the cab of truck. He was extricated and airlifted to the hospital for injuries. Fatigue is being investigated as a factor in the crash, state police said.
Goochland County Fire-Rescue requested the response of representatives from Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) due to the contents of the truck.
The interstate was closed for a long period of time as crews worked to clean up the scene. Drivers experienced delays and were asked to reroute around the scene.
VDOT said environmental crews cleaned up the road and the fire department sprayed the road to complete the cleanup.
The right lane reopened at 3:00 p.m., but traffic remains backed up for over four miles. The lanes were reopened and the crash was cleared by 3:40 p.m.
Tom Grosh, who stopped by the Goochland Area Rest Stop Tuesday afternoon, said he was relieved to be traveling in the opposite direction.
“I can see the line across the road there. It must be really frustrating to be sitting in traffic and try to have your GPS take you some other route,” he said.
He also understood just how challenging a cleanup process like this can be.
“That’s difficult. That’s incredible and it takes such a long time to clean that up,” Grosh said.