The routing of a gigantic tank weighing well over 120,000 pounds across curvy State Rt. 16 in Calhoun County raised a lot of why questions last month, after the tank fell from its carrier and blocked the highway for nearly 24-hours.

Dale Meadows, WVDOH administrator at the district office in Parkersburg, told the Herald the movement of the tank was legally permitted by the department in Charleston, because of height problems encountered on major highways.

The tank, being shipped west from Pennsylvania, was destined for the Ohio state line. Reports surfaced that another tank got stuck in an underpass at Jane Lew on I-79.

"Charleston issued the 'super load' permit," said Meadows.

The tank apparently shifted and fell from its trailer in a sharp u-turn on Jackson Hill on November 17.

While the tank was cleared from the road "It was moved from the location last by a huge wrecker to Ohio without any problems," said Meadows.

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