FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, February 28, 2010
US 14 closures planned to clean up hazardous spill
US 14 highway closures are planned Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, to allow workers to clean up a Feb. 19 hazardous chemical spill in Shell Canyon east of Greybull.
Short closures are scheduled for Monday, while more lengthy closures are scheduled for Tuesday.
"Drivers of US 14 should be aware that the highway may be closed for hours at a time on Monday and Tuesday," said Ron Huff, Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance engineer in Basin. "It may be a good idea to make alternate travel plans on Monday and Tuesday."
A Feb. 19 tractor trailer rollover in Shell Canyon spilled the silicon-based chemical xiameter, and the spill resulted in the closure of the highway between Big Horn and Sheridan counties. About 1,200 gallons of the chemical spilled after five of the 15 containers were breached when the truck crashed.
The crash occurred shortly about 5 p.m. Feb. 19, about 10 miles east of Shell. US 14 reopened about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
The driver of the truck, 44-year-old Donald Slayton of Rineville, Kentucky, was transported to Midway Clinic between Basin and Greybull. Slayton was treated and released with minor injuries suffered in the rollover crash. Slayton was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred.
Slayton was cited by for failure to maintain his vehicle within a single lane.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, 856-1341.