NEWINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) – It’s taken Virginia State Police all day to investigate a fiery mess caused when a tanker exploded on I-95 in Newington Wednesday.
At about 2:14 Wednesday morning, a tanker truck overturned on the cloverleaf ramp of Rt. 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) while attempting to merge onto I-95 northbound. Within minutes the tanker truck was engulfed by flames. It took firefighters almost three hours before the fire was contained enough for troopers to safely approach the vehicle.
Four foam units were required to stifle the the flames. Crews had to soak up roughly 9,000 gallons of fuel the truck dumped directly onto the road.
Two northbound lanes of I-95 were blocked from traffic for hours. Access between northbound I-95 and northbound Rt. 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) have been reopened as well.
As HAZMAT crews teamed to contain the spill, they discovered the body of the driver inside the cab of the tanker.
That driver has been identified by police as Edwin H. Hall, 59, of Charles Town, West Virginia. Hall died at the scene.
Exit 166B, which is the entrance ramp to Rte. 286 north, and the ramp from south Rte. 286 to Route 1 have finally reopened after hours of detailed cleanup and investigations.
The accident occurred less than a quarter mile away from the terminal where one man says he saw Hall fill up his truck just ten minutes before the accident. The witness said Hall looked like he was in a hurry.