SHELL, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Highway Patrol says U.S. Highway 14 in north-central Wyoming has reopened after a tractor trailer from Kentucky carrying hazardous chemicals crashed and rolled about 10 miles east of the town of Shell.
Sgt. Stephen Townsend says the road opened Saturday afternoon
after crews cleaned up about 1,300 gallons of a flammable liquid
substance called Xiameter and then made repairs to the roadway.
The truck owned by Maximum Transportation Inc. of Elizabethtown,
Ky., and headed for Lovell, Wyo., crashed about 5 p.m. on Friday.
Townsend says it's unclear why driver Donald R. Slayton chose a
twisting route over the Bighorn Mountains in winter. Townsend says
Slayton told police the truck started going too fast on a downhill
section and couldn't be slowed.
Townsend says Slayton was cited for failure to maintain his
vehicle within a single lane, and that he was treated and released
at a local hospital.
Townsend says it's unclear if any of the spilled chemical made
it into Shell Creek next to the road.
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