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Roanoke Truck Accident Leads to Environmental Concerns

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2014

When accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers carrying hazardous materials happen, crash injuries aren’t the only concern for those involved and living nearby. Another very serious threat is the risk of soil and water contamination.

These risks were brought into the spotlight by a recent Roanoke truck accident that caused gallons of a toxic chemical to be spilled along Jae Valley Road, just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Reports indicate area residents had to be evacuated from their homes until soil and water in the area could be purified.

According to an article from WDBJ 7 News, a truck carrying almost 5,000 gallons of formaldehyde—a chemical used to embalm corpses—was illegally on the road when the driver lost control and landed in an embankment. The impact ruptured the tank and allowed formaldehyde to spill and seep into the water table below the ground. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Health have been cleaning the spill and conducting testing at several well sites to ensure the chemical is not contaminating soil and water supplies.

Skolrood Law Firm is hopeful that the cleaning efforts are a success. We are also aware that toxic chemicals can linger for years—or even decades—once spilled. That’s why it may be wise to speak with a Roanoke personal injury lawyer about your legal rights if you have suspect contamination of the water or soil where you live.