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Driver injured when tanker truck rolls outside Belmont

Site treated as hazmat scene, possible radioactive material on board

BELMONT — A driver was taken to Wheeling Hospital after the tanker truck he was driving overturned outside Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

Responders at the scene around 2:30 p.m. were awaiting arrival of a cleanup crew from the trucking company, Payne’s, to arrive before moving the truck. The truck had been hauling drilling mud from a gas and oil site, which responders said could be radioactive.

There were no obvious hazmat placards visible on the truck while it was overturned.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated, but no report on the accident was available Saturday. A dispatcher confirmed a crew from Payne’s was planning to vacuum the contents out of the tanker to be hauled away in another truck.

Bill’s Towing was expected to then tow the truck from the scene. The company had two large wreckers on site.

The Belmont and Bethesda fire departments responded to the crash. The driver was transported to Wheeling Hospital by a Belmont emergency squad. Members of those departments were handling traffic control at the scene, and motorists were only briefly delayed.

Richard “Dick” Quinlin, public information officer for the Bethesda department, said he believed a second vehicle was involved in the accident, but he did not think it was damaged. No other injuries were reported, and the truck driver’s condition remained unknown Saturday afternoon.

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