2011-12-08 / Local & State

Trucker Fined Over Sticky Pa. Turnpike Spill

BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) – A truck driver has been fined $1,000 over the leaky valve that spilled a sticky mess over nearly 40 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

A citation for failure to properly secure a load was filed Thursday against George Delaney before a Pennsylvania magistrate.

Officials say the Glen Burnie, Md., man was behind the wheel of a tanker truck that leaked sticky driveway sealant all over the eastbound lanes Nov. 22. Road crews had to plow the goop off the roadway and put down sand to dry it out.

At least 100 vehicles were disabled when the gooey muck coated their tires. More than 450 motorists reported damage.

Authorities say Delaney was responsible for the leaky valve.

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