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Updated: Overturned Truck Leads to Partial Road Closure in Felton

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(Photos: Delaware State Police) (Photos: Delaware State Police)
FELTON, Del.- Authorities say an overturned truck spilled approximately 200 gallons of liquid asphalt on Sandtown Road in Felton early Friday morning, resulting in a partial road closure.

Delaware State Police said the incident occurred around 5:35 a.m. as a 2005 Ford 6-wheeled tank truck (owned by George & Lynch Inc.) was traveling on eastbound on Sandtown Road when for unknown reasons, the 47-year-old operator from Henderson, Md., lost control. This caused the loaded truck to overturn and spill the asphalt tack in the roadway and a ditch. Liquid asphalt - also known as tack coat- is sprayed on pavement to promote bonding and is non-hazardous, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which also responded to the scene.

One lane of Sandtown Road in the area of Chandlers and Amsterdam roads is open while the other lane will be closed for most of the day while cleanup continues, according to state transportation officials. George & Lynch Inc. is cleaning up the spill, according to DNREC.

Police said the operator, who was reportedly uninjured, refused any treatment at the scene. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.
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