Northbound lanes blocked after crash causes fuel spill on 220 in Botetourt County

Northbound lanes blocked after car crash causes fuel spill on 220 in Botetourt County
Northbound lanes blocked after car crash causes fuel spill on 220 in Botetourt County(Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS)
Published: Jun. 18, 2022 at 7:25 AM EDT
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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE 9:35 AM: Botetourt County Fire and EMS officials report all diesel fuel inside the tank trailer involved has been offloaded and the vehicle has been removed.

VDOT and a cleanup contractor are still on the scene to make sure the road surface is prepared for traffic.

Officials anticipate a full reopening of 220 N in about an hour.

Additional work to remove contaminated soil will require a future single-lane closure, but traffic should be able to navigate safely when that occurs.

Emergency responders say the adult transported was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hosiptal.

Crews remind drivers, that when you see flashing lights and emergency workers on the highway, please slow down and move over.

Botetourt Fire & EMS thanks all of the personnel and response partners who responded to this incident.


Botetourt Fire & EMS personnel are working to clean up a significant diesel spill.

Crews say the incident happened on 220 North in the curves near Santana Estates Road.

Emergency officials report a two-vehicle collision resulted in the diesel fuel spill from a 9,500-gallon highway tank trailer.

Officials say personnel have built containment berms to prevent further spread of fuel and have been able to slow the leak with temporary plugs. Preparations are underway to offload the damaged tanker and complete the environmental cleanup.

Both northbound lanes are blocked until further notice.

One adult has been transported to a hospital by a Carilion LifeGuard helicopter.

Units operating on scene include resources from Eagle Rock, Fincastle, Buchanan, Troutville, Read Mountain, and Botetourt Fire & EMS. Additional state and mutual aid agencies include VDEM, VSP, VDOT, and the Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team.

This story will be updated as we learn more.

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