Portion of Hwy 226 closed due to spilled asphalt in McDowell Co. reopened


MCDOWELL COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – McDowell County Emergency Management officials confirmed crews are working to clean up liquid tar that spilled on Highway 226 North following a crash.

According to a news release, a tractor trailer crashed on Highway 226 North at around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Following the crash, asphalt spilled onto the highway, impacting Coxes Creek.

According to NC Department of Public Safety Master Trooper Murico L. Stephens, the tractor trailer, hauling liquid tar was traveling south on Highway 226 when the driver lost control, crossed the centerline, overturned and spilled liquid tar.

The driver sustained serious injuries during the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital or treatment.

Stephens said a hazmat team was called in to handle the spill.

Around 2:45 p.m., Highway 226 North and Coxes Creek Mountain has been reopened.

Crews are continuing to clean up the area.

Anyone near the area is asked to use caution.

Emergency management officials are asking that everyone keep their pets and livestock away from impacted waterways, including Coxes Creek — Armstrong Creek from Coxes Creek confluence to the US 221 North bridge near Dollar General.

A portion of Highway 226 remains closed from Triple J Mobile Home north to the Mitchell County line, as local, state and federal crews were working to contain the spill.

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