Overturned semi causes traffic snarl in Henderson - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

All lanes of U.S. 41 now open after semi wreck in Henderson

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Laying down material to clean up sap on N41 in Henderson. EMA tells us the sap spill is about 1/8 mile in length. Laying down material to clean up sap on N41 in Henderson. EMA tells us the sap spill is about 1/8 mile in length.
HENDERSON CO., KY (WFIE) -

All lanes of U.S. 41 are back open in Henderson after an early morning semi wreck had traffic completely stopped at one point Wednesday.

It happened on the U.S. 41 North strip near Long John Silver's. Officials were called to the scene around 3:15.

Officials say the driver, 36-year-old Jeffrey Engleby, was hurt in the wreck and has been taken to Methodist Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say they aren't sure what caused the wreck, but say the semi hit a guardrail a couple of times while traveling northbound. Officials say the trailer went on top of concrete barrier and landed several hundred feet away.

The semi was carrying tree sap when it overturned.
 
Officials with the Environmental Protection agency says the sap was in liquid form. However, when it hit the chilled surface of the asphalt roadway it became very sticky, much like molasses.
 
Authorities tell us trucks spread sand to give the sappy road some traction while they waited for EPA officials to arrive.
 
Henderson EMA says the sap spill was about 1/8 mile in length.
 
When EPA officials arrived they began laying down materials to clean up the sap.  They tell us every spot of sap needs to be cleaned up so it doesn't reactivate and become slick when it rains.
 
It took crews several hours to clean up the sap.
 
Crews were able to get the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 open around 10 a.m. but the northbound lanes remained closed until around 3 p.m.

14 News is continuing to follow these developments, and we will have the latest on air, online at 14News.com and on mobile with the 14 News mobile app.

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