FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Clean up continues of US 14 hazardous spill; delays expected through Wednesday
US 14 traffic delays are expected through Wednesday, March 3, to allow workers to finish clean up of a hazardous chemical spill in Shell Canyon east of Greybull.
Traffic delays are expected Tuesday and Wednesday on US 14, about 10 miles east of Shell, according to Ron Huff, Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance engineer in Basin.
"The contractor is attempting to shorten traffic delays through the work area in Shell Canyon, but motorists should expect delays through Wednesday," said Huff.
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 being hauled by the truck were breached when the truck crashed.
The crash occurred shortly about 5 p.m. Feb. 19. 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 of travel.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, 856-1341.