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Updated: Truck Overturns, Spills Unstamped Pennies Over I-95 in Del.

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A truck overturned, spilling thousands of blank pennies over I-95 Thursday morning in New Castle, Del. (Photo: CBS3 Philadelphia) A truck overturned, spilling thousands of blank pennies over I-95 Thursday morning in New Castle, Del. (Photo: CBS3 Philadelphia)

NEW CASTLE, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Authorities in Delaware say a tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of unstamped pennies overturned on northbound Interstate 95, spilling its load along the highway.
    
Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said that the tractor-trailer overturned and caught fire early Thursday at the split for eastbound Interstate 295, but the driver escaped with minor injuries. He says its load of unstamped pennies spilled onto the roadway. The truck was headed to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
    
Department of Transportation spokesman Bud Freel says they've dealt with spills before, but this is the first involving 40,000 pounds of pennies.
    
The crash and cleanup closed northbound I-95 for hours through the morning rush, caused delays throughout the area as traffic was diverted. Officials say the tractor-trailer has been towed and the left-hand lane of northbound I-95 reopened late Thursday morning. All other northbound lanes remain closed at this time and commuters are still being asked to find alternate routes of travel.

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