Goopy Mess Stops Cars in Tracks on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Goopy Mess Stops Cars in Tracks on Pennsylvania Turnpike


On Tuesday night, a tanker truck dropped gallons of sticky black muck on about a 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was reported that around 150 cars were disabled by the mess, which was attributed to a leaking valve that let driveway sealant flood the roadway.

The incident occurred between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza in the eastbound lanes of the Turnpike, an official said. Crews reportedly had the goop cleaned up by late Thursday night. There were no reports of injuries or motor vehicle accidents. By Wednesday morning, traffic was moving as usual, just in time for holiday travel.

However, the event caused quite a scare for motorists who were on the Turnpike at the time. One driver who was traveling with his wife said that they “had no idea if [they] were going to get hit with other vehicles.” According to the man’s wife, the car felt like it was on ice.

It is fortunate that no motor vehicle accidents resulted from this sticky situation, but they certainly could have. That’s why it’s important to know what to do if you are involved in an accident on Pennsylvania roads, especially during holiday travel.

Take the following advice from our firm to make sure that your needs are properly taken care of following an accident:
• Get emergency medical attention for yourself or any passengers injured in the crash.
• Take photos of the vehicles involved in the wreck, the scene of the accident and injuries that were suffered, such as bruises or cuts. If you don’t have a camera in your car, use your cellphone camera.
• Make sure to cooperate with police at the scene of the accident.
• Contact a personal injury attorney to learn how to tap into all sources of compensation that may be available to you.
• Talk to a lawyer before partaking in any fact-finding investigations by insurance company representatives or police investigators after the accident.

Source: CBS News, “Sticky goo disables more than 100 cars in Pa.,” Nov. 23, 2011.