LATEST: Trailer that crashed on I-79 was hauling COVID-19 vaccines

Tractor trailer has been moved off the road.
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 4:00 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 8:42 AM EDT
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MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Update: According to officials, the tractor trailer was carrying COVID-19 vaccines.

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office says the Moderna doses were being sent to aid a different country.

State Emergency Management officials say there is no public health risk associated with this crash.

MCSO says the driver lost control, struck a concrete barrier and went down a 30-foot embankment where it rolled onto its side.

The driver was extricated and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Hazmat teams were dispatched to clean up as much as 50 gallons of anti-freeze and oil that spilled.

The interstate remains closed as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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ORIGINAL 08/27/2021 : Interstate-79 is closed at mile marker 144 northbound, which is the Pricketts Fort Exit.

The closure is due to a tractor trailer going over the embankment in Monongalia County.

The Winfield and Bunners Ridge Fire Department are on scene.

Officials are saying the road will be closed for most of the day.

Traffic is being detoured off of the highway at exit 139.

There is currently no word of any injuries, or what caused the accident.

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