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Highway Paint Spill Makes Massive Mess

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Drivers in Charlotte, NC, had some white stuff to deal with on the roads Friday morning (April 8), but it wasn’t snow.

The Charlotte Fire Department was forced to shut down the Brookshire Boulevard southbound ramp to Interstate 85 after nearly 300 gallons of white paint spilled onto the road around 8 a.m., an area news station reported.

Dropped Container

According to reports, the paint was being transported by Hasco, an asphalt maintenance and repair company based in Greensboro, NC. (The company’s website is currently not available.)

The spill occurred when a 250-gallon container of paint, used to make temporary lines on roads, fell off the back of a flatbed truck as it was entering I-85 from Brookshire.

Although the spilled paint initially just pooled on the road where the container overturned, reports said, it began to spread across the roadway as traffic drove through it.

The driver of the truck carrying the paint was cited for failing to secure load, the local NBC affiliate indicated, but no one was injured during the incident.

Roadway Cleanup

Hazmat crews were called to help clean up the spill, but authorities stated Hasco is responsible for all costs related to the cleanup.

The company did help with physical cleanup as well, the CBS affiliate said, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation was reviewing progress to ensure it met their standards.

"Any paint not already cleaned up has dried on the highway," the department said in a statement. "NCDOT's top priority is making sure that the remaining paint doesn't make existing pavement markings difficult for motorists to decipher."

Hasco advised drivers with paint on their cars from driving through the spill that the water-based paint should wash off any cars. If it did not come off easily, Hasco’s insurance is expected to cover driver costs for cleanup, given appropriate proof of what happened and that they were at the scene.

Cleanup continued into Saturday.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Cleanup; Coating Materials; Infrastructure; North America; Roads/Highways; Stripe coating; Striping; Transportation

Comment from Chuck Pease, (4/12/2016, 8:09 PM)

Reminds me of the only time I ever lost a load of paint. Was an apprentice 32 yrs ago and the journeyman I was being mentored by had me load the truck and I didnt stop to think that in a pick up truck I should not double stack 5's. Well I did he missed it and off we went. First off ramp coming off the freeway with a hard right and off a 5er went and to this day my butt still aches when I think back to the butt chewing I got from him. I feel for this driver as he wont have enough butt left to chew. Of course being young and inexperienced I was quick to blame the journeyman for not checking my work....... To my wife at the time that is...... 32 years later I know that it was an honest mistake by a rookie..... And it can happen to anybody..

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