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Driver charged with DUI in wreck on Mt. Laurel Road

Virginia State Police have charged the driver of a log truck that overturned early Wednesday afternoon near Mt. Laurel with driving under the influence.

Trooper A. D. Dishman charged 50-year-old Clarence Smith of Penhook with the offense following the crash that resulted in an estimated $25,000 damage, the spillage of the vehicle’s cargo of logs and the spillage of an estimated 40 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road and into an adjoining roadside field.

Smith was not injured in the crash that occurred around 1 p.m. on Mt. Laurel Road, two-tenths of a mile south of the intersection of Lloyd’s Mill Road.

Dishman said the tractor-trailer driven by Smith was headed north on Mt. Laurel Road when it entered a curve too fast. The rig ran off the right side of the road and overturned, coming to rest on its side.

The 1997 model tractor was declared a total loss, with damage estimated at $25,000.

According to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, a containment trailer was brought to the scene to clean up the estimated 40 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel and motor oil that spilled from the truck.

A dry chemical powder, commonly known as “Stay Dry,” was used to absorb the fuel and oil on the road.

Saunders said the fuel spill was reported to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. A state-licensed contractor has been hired to replace soil at the edge of a roadside field contaminated by the spilled fuel with clean soil and dispose of the contaminated soil.

Firemen and EMTs from the Clover Volunteer Fire Department and personnel from the area Virginia Department of Transportation office also responded to the crash.