Portion of Route 220 closed after fiery crash

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BOTETOURT Co., Va. (WDBJ7) -- Update:
11:06 a.m.
Botetourt County officials are asking anyone who lives near or has livestock along the tributary of Catawba Creek near the crash site along U.S. 220 North not allow livestock to drink from the waterway until hazardous materials officials have confirmed that the water is safe to drink.

Units from Botetourt County Fire & EMS, Fincastle, Eagle Rock, and Troutville Fire Departments, Emergency Management and Hazardous Materials from the state Department of Emergency Management, and VDOT have all been on scene of Wednesday morning's tanker accident, according to a release from the county.

Fuel spilled from the tanker in the crash, and it was determined to have carried 8,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel on the truck, and fuel that was on fire continued to spill into a culvert in the median and into a crash site, prompting hazardous materials crews to be dispatched.

VDOT officials are on site to evaluate the roadway, according to police. Currently, detours are in place and US 220 will remain closed for most of the morning.

9:10 a.m.
Virginia State Police have charged the driver of the tanker that caught fire near Fincastle Wednesday morning with reckless driving.

The driver was identified as James Willard Yarbrough, Jr., of Stuart.

After an early morning tanker fire near Fincastle, the northbound lane of US-220 is expected to go through a long-term closure while repairs are made to an underlying culvert pipe.

After further investigation, fire officials discovered that a culvert pipe underneath US-220 collapsed, prompting a road closure.

Once the tanker is removed, the southbound lane will be split to act as both a north and southbound lane.

A gas tanker on US-220 near Fincastle is on fire and threatening structures in the area Wednesday morning.

Botetourt County Fire crews responded to a fire at 6:25 a.m.

Both the north and southbound lanes are closed along US-220

The tanker has been ruptured and was carrying an estimated 8000 gallons of fuel and is threatening structures in the area. Fire crews are working to contain the hazardous materials that are burning in the fire.

The driver of the tanker is reported to be out of the vehicle and did not sustain any serious injuries.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area; detours are in place.

Previous Updates:

A tractor-trailer accident has closed the right lane along a part of I-81 in Rockbridge County. VDOT511 reported this accident near mile marker 84.7 at 6:12 a.m.

A tractor-trailer accident has closed the left northbound lane along a part of I-81 in Wythe County. VDOT511 reported this accident near mile marker 191.5 at 6:18 a.m.

State Police are advising that drivers delay their travels until mid-day Wednesday.