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Accident and Fire Closed WB US 36 Saturday

An accident Saturday morning closed a portion of westbound US 36 east of the Chillicothe Airport for a few hours.  Sheriff Steve Cox says the road was eventually reopened to a single lane after the fire was put out and the truck was removed.

The Chillicothe Fire Department reports the driver was not injured in the accident and was out of the truck when they arrived just before 6:00 am.

The semi-truck and trailer engulfed in flames sitting across the Medicine Creek Bridge blocking all westbound traffic. Chillicothe firefighters worked to extinguish the fire along with Mutual aid from Wheeling Fire Department.

Diesel fuel was dumped into Medicine Creek from the semi-trucks fuel tanks.  DNR called for a HAZMAT Team to clean up the spill.

Chillicothe Fire Fighters were on the scene for two hours.

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