BELLE, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Emergency officials said a shelter in place has been lifted for several areas and schools after a semi overturned Friday in Belle.
Kanawha County Emergency Management said the shelter in place was lifted for the Lower Belle and DuPont City areas. Route 60 and West DuPont Avenue are back open. The shelter in place was issued as a precaution as crews worked to upright an overturned tractor-trailer that was carrying hazardous materials.
Kanawha County Schools said schools between Malden and Riverside were also sheltered in place during the event. Schools that were sheltered in place included Malden Elementary, Marmet Elementary, Midland Trail Elementary, Belle Elementary, Chamberlain Elementary, Chesapeake Elementary, Kanawha City Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School, Dupont Middle School, Carver Career Center and Riverside High School. That issue has also been lifted.
Traffic is shut down in both directions in the 2200 block of West Dupont Avenue in Belle after a tractor-trailer carrying a hazardous substance overturned.
The tractor-trailer had twin trailers and is turned on its side by an embankment near the railroad tracks. Emergency crews at the scene said the trailers were carrying aluminum phosphide, a water-reactive substance. The substance is intact in containers within the trailers.
Metro 911 said the incident occurred about 10:20 a.m. Friday.
The substance is in pellet form and is still inside the truck. The substance has not spilled onto the roadway and crews have brought in another truck to load it into. Crews plan to have a temporary shelter in place when the truck is turned upright. When crews begin moving the truck and placing the shelter, they said they will shut down the railroad tracks and U.S. 60.
Emergency crews are not wearing protective gear, but are being cautious.