Oil Spills into Scott's Run Creek After I-79 Tanker Truck
8 May 2015
By Megan Hudock, Reporter
MORGANTOWN - A tanker truck overturned on Interstate 79 on Friday
afternoon. afternoon, backing up traffic for several hours near
mile marker 156.
After that truck overturned there were some concerned residents in
Osage. Some Oil leaked into the Scott's Run Creek.
"The smell came first, then Charlie, my next door neighbor, came
over and got me and said come down here and I want you to look at
the Creek. I walked down to his place behind his house and Jesus
Criminy, It's a mess," said Larry Taylor, Osage Resident.
Residents along the creek are concerned for their health. As soon
as the Osage area is entered, fumes from the spill can immediately
be detected. There are also several patches of oil through the
"It's affecting my lungs, it's affecting it real bad, and I can
feel it too, I can feel my chest tightening up," said Taylor.
The residents feel that they are being ignored out in Osage. Their
hope is to have the creek water cleaned up before it affects the
"It's like we've just been lost up here, no one wants to help us.
It's been like this for years. Everytime we ask the county
commissioners for help they always give us the run around or
something," said Taylor
The residents live just yards from the creek and are constantly
breathing in the fumes. Some are evacuating while are others are
deciding to stay.
"I'm going to stay here at home tonight, I'm going to take my
chances here tonight. Nobody ever officially came out and said
what we smell, don't know if it was something dangerous or it
could have just been some pancake syrup or something," said Willy
Campbell, Osage Resident.
"I just hope they get down here and help us," said Charles
The Interstate opened back up at about 9:30 p.m. Friday evening
and traffic returned back to normal.