Tractor-trailer wreck causes diesel fuel spill, knocks out power in Botetourt County

Traffic may be an issue on Route 11 near the Pepsi plant in Cloverdale

POSTED: 08:28 AM EDT Aug 02, 2013    UPDATED: 04:33 PM EDT Aug 02, 2013 
Route 11 accident in Botetourt County
BOTETOURT CO., Va. -

The accident has been cleared, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Also, Appalachian Power's website is reporting that all outages have been restored.

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Crews are on scene cleaning up 100 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from a tractor-trailer accident on Route 11 in Botetourt County.

The accident happened in the Cloverdale area, just north of the Pepsi plant. Crews are working to get the tractor-trailer off its side.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, one lane of Route 11 North is closed. Northbound traffic is able to pass through using the center lane.

According to Virginia State Police, the diesel fuel spilled after the tractor-trailer went off the road, hit a utility pole, and tipped on its side. The wreck knocked out power to about 1,400 Appalachian Power customers immediately after the accident. Around 275 customers were still without power as of 9:30 a.m., according to Appalachian Power's website.

Crews are also removing furniture that the tractor-trailer was hauling.

The tractor-trailer driver, 55-year-old Danny Goins of Stuart, has been charged with failure to maintain control of a vehicle. He suffered minor injuries.

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The power is out to hundreds of people in Botetourt County because of a tractor trailer wreck.

The crash happened near the Pepsi plant on Route 11 in the Cloverdale area around 4:10 a.m. on Friday.

1,400 homes and businesses lost power immediately after the accident.

According to Appalachian Power's website, it's fewer than 300 right now.

The lane of Route 11 headed north is blocked, but traffic is getting by using the center lane.