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Virginia Avenue is reopened after spill

BEJA Environmental Inc. sweeps up absorbent material after a hazardous spill Wednesday on Virginia Ave. A truck spilled diesel fuel onto the roadway. As a result, fire and police officials are in the area working to clean up the fuel and divert traffic. Photo by David Perry | Staff
BEJA Environmental Inc. sweeps up absorbent material after a hazardous spill Wednesday on Virginia Ave. A truck spilled diesel fuel onto the roadway. As a result, fire and police officials are in the area working to clean up the fuel and divert traffic. Photo by David Perry | Staff

Virginia Avenue was reopened about 3 p.m. Wednesday after crews cleaned up a major fuel spill.

Both eastbound lanes of Virginia Avenue near Winnie Street were closed and one westbound lane was closed after gallons of diesel fuel sloshed onto the roadway. Traffic slowed to a crawl for several hours.

Hazardous-materials crews from the Lexington Division of Fire and officials from the city's Division of Water Quality were called, and a private company was called in to help clean up the slippery mess, fire department Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said.

Griggs said Virginia Avenue at Winnie Street was the worst of four spill sites. Another spill was reported on Virginia Avenue near South Limestone, and the others were reported on Old Frankfort Pike and Red Mile Road.

Officials think the diesel leaked out of a single truck that kept going. Griggs said it wasn't clear whether it was a tanker truck or the fuel leaked out of a gas tank.

Police were looking for the leaky vehicle to prevent any more diesel from leaking, but they called off the search after several hours passed with no additional spills, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

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