NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Two potholes caused a tractor-trailer to lose part of its load and stall traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for a good part of the day Friday.
Pennsylvania State Police reported a Fed Ex truck with two tractor-trailers had just pulled from the eastbound toll booth at 6:53 a.m. Friday at the Gateway Interchange when driver James Bailey lost control after hitting the pot holes.
Bailey was able to keep the cab and first trailer upright, but the second trailer overturned onto the berm of the road, spilling out 500 gallons of paint-related products, police said.
Turnpike workers diverted drivers from the Gateway Interchange to the Pa. Route 60 Interchange for most of the day.
Kathy Leibler, spokeswoman for the turnpike, said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sent hazardous materials crews to help with the labor-intensive work, which took most of the day Friday.
Police said the westbound lanes were open to traffic at 11 a.m. Friday and the eastbound lanes at 2:45 p.m. Friday. They said Bailey was not hurt, and no other vehicles were damaged by the accident.