MARTINSBURG -Interstate 81 North was shut down for more than two hours Tuesday after a sports utility vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer, resulting in one person being taken to a hospital and the spill of more than 100 gallons of diesel fuel on the highway.
The accident, which occurred near the Tabler Station Road Exit 8, was reported at about 5:22 p.m., police said.
"It was actually a two-vehicle accident. We had an SUV traveling southbound on Interstate 81. Preliminarily, it appears as if they had a tire blow out, a tire malfunction, which resulted in the vehicle going across the median and striking the tractor-trailer here head-on," Senior Trooper C.S. Maynard of the West Virginia State Police said at the scene.
The driver of the SUV was transported to City Hospital in Martinsburg for injuries sustained in the accident; however, information on the extent of her injuries was not immediately available at the scene.
Northbound lanes of Interstate 81 remained shut down as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with cleanup efforts continuing.
Crews from the West Virginia Division of Highways could been seen placing a large amount of sand on the highway during efforts to clean up the fuel spill, while a large tow truck was attempting to remove the tractor-trailer.
As of 9 p.m., I-81 North was reported to be completely reopened.
The West Virginia State Police were being assisted at the scene by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department's Deputy Reserves, as well as personnel from the the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority and the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department.