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Tanker crash could close part of Va. road for weeks

Wednesday - 5/30/2012, 11:43am  ET

MONTVALE, Va. - State highway officials say the deadly crash of a tanker truck on U.S. Route 460 in Bedford County could close a portion of the road for weeks.

State Police spokesman Robert Carpentieri says 31-year-old Adam K. Henry of Lynchburg was killed in the crash Monday near Montvale that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline.

Carpentieri said about 6,700 gallons of fuel spilled in the crash, which closed nearly a mile of U.S. 460. Eastbound traffic has been rerouted onto one lane of westbound U.S. 460.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Bond tells The News & Advance ( http://bit.ly/MWJDiQ) the road could be closed for weeks while workers remove soil contaminated by the fuel to prevent it from reaching the groundwater.

Department figures should about 15,000 vehicles travel that stretch of U.S. 460 each day.


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