Paint spill closes Route 97 in Union Mills

July 02, 2004|By Gina Davis | Gina Davis,SUN STAFF

A tractor-trailer carrying 2,500 gallons of paint ran off the road early yesterday, spilling white paint across Route 97 in Union Mills and closing the highway for more than eight hours, authorities said.

State highway workers cleaned the road, restriped it and reopened it in time for the evening rush hour, police said.

The accident occurred about 7 a.m. when William M. Burton, 43, of Joppa was driving north from Baltimore to Gettysburg, Pa., lost control of his truck along an incline and struck a utility pole, cutting it in half, police said.

When the truck hit the pole, straps holding 10 plastic barrels filled with latex paint were severed, said Richard McIntire, a spokesman for the state Department of the Environment.The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Sun staff writer Hanah Cho contributed to this article.

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