2012-06-14 / Local & State

PennDOT Uses Magnet Truck To Clear Nails From Pike

GIBSONIA, Pa. (AP) – PennDOT crews had to use a truck with a magnet on its front bumper to clear hundreds of nails from a western stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Turnpike spokesman Tom Fox tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that at least four motorists reported flat tires after a box of nails fell off a truck in the westbound lanes near mile marker 36. That's in Richland Township, roughly 15 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The nails were reported about 7 a.m. Monday.

The truck's magnet cleared more than 200 nails from the road in less than a half hour.

In November, a tanker truck carrying driveway sealant leaked its load onto a 40-mile stretch of the turnpike, disabling more than 100 vehicles and damaging hundreds more when the gooey muck coated their tires.

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