An overturned truck carrying 3,500 gallons of human waste and industrial grease has closed both directions of Georgetown Pike in McLean until further notice, according to officials.
The 7800 block of Georgetown Pike, between Spring Hill Road and Centrillion Drive, could be closed through this evening and affect rush-hour commuter traffic, said Dan Schmidt, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
“At about 7:45 a.m. the driver of a tanker truck hauling sewage jerked his tanker to the right on a very curvy, narrow stretch of Georgetown Pike to avoid an accident and turned over,” Schmidt said. “He was hauling 3,500 gallons of human waste and industrial grease, and some of it leaked out into an intermittent stream, but the leak was contained and did not enter into a larger nearby stream,” Schmidt said. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and a commercial cleanup crew are on the scene, according to Schmidt.
“The industrial grease that leaked was not a petroleum product,” he said.
Officials said Old Dominion Drive may be used as an alternate route.