Early Morning Accident Temporarily Closes US 23 In Pike County

U.S. 23 in Pike County was shut down for several hours Friday morning after a coal truck accident.

Police say a car crossed the center line into the path of the truck then the truck swerved and turned over, spilling its load. Responders say the woman driving the car was airlifted to a West Virginia hospital. Emergency management officials say the truck's diesel fuel also spilled on the road and was going into the Big Sandy River.

"Small amount did get in the river, but we were able to cut off the flow and contain the rest of it and stop the flow to the river," said Doug Tackett with the Pike County Emergency Management.

Crews also cleaned up the coal. The road was re-opened by noon. No names have been released.


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