Traffic flowing again on I-77 after wreck, fuel spill in Chester County

A jackknifed box truck and fuel spill closed down a portion of Interstate 77 for three hours Friday, according to Chester County authorities.

The wreck happened about 11:30 a.m. on I-77 south near mile marker 67, according to Ed Darby of Chester County Emergency Management. The driver of a southbound box truck saw some debris in the roadway and tried to avoid it, causing the truck to jackknife.

The wreck punctured both of the truck’s fuel tanks, leaking about 75 gallons of diesel fuel into the roadway, Darby said. Hazmat crews responded and stopped the remaining fuel from leaking out.

Crews were on the scene until about 3 p.m. cleaning up the fuel, Darby said. Southbound traffic on I-77 was reduced to one lane during that time.

The roadway has since re-opened.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala