Trucker fined over sticky Pa. turnpike goo

A flood of gooey muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled more than 100 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials said. A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of a long stretch of the Turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday night, Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said.

December 2, 2011 10:36:24 AM PST
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. A phone number for him could not immediately be found.