Crews have cleared the scene of a single vehicle crash involving a trash truck that caused significant delays Friday for morning commuters on Route 7 in the area of Yellow Schoolhouse Road.
The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. when a 2008 trash truck was westbound in the left lane of Route 7. For unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway and turned onto its side in the median. The driver of the truck, James R. Ashby, 56, of Winchester, VA, was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he is expected be released later today. Ashby was charged with reckless driving.
As a result of the crash the trash truck discharged approximately 75-100 gallons of diesel fuel and an undermined quantity of hydraulic fluid into the ground, with signs that the material was entering a small stream nearby. The Loudoun County Hazardous Materials Response Unit deployed from the Dulles South Public Safety Center to provide preliminary mitigation and personnel immediately summoned a commercial contractor to the scene to perform clean-up.
Remaining fuel was off-loaded from the truck so the wreckage could be removed from the scene by a local towing company.
The roadway was completely reopened around 3 p.m.