Tanker overturns, spills sealant

Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A tanker truck carrying asphalt sealant overturned at the busy intersection of the Parks and Glenn highways Tuesday afternoon, spilling several hundred gallons of sticky goo on the roadway.

No one was seriously hurt in the spill just before 1:45 p.m.

Witnesses told Alaska State Troopers that the truck did not appear to be going fast when it rolled onto its side.

Driver Nick Moreau, 36, told his sister that the weight of his load shifted as he turned from the Glenn onto the Parks toward Wasilla.

''It could have been a lot worse,'' Marti Moreau said by phone from the Anchorage office of Snowball Express Inc., the paving contractor that owns the truck. ''Fortunately, everybody's OK.''

Nick Moreau, the company's general manager, had a bloody scrape on his forehead but refused help from a Palmer ambulance crew.

Authorities estimated that at least 500 to 600 gallons of seal coat, used by homeowners and contractors to cap asphalt driveways, spilled from the 3,800-gallon tanker.

The overturned truck and sticky pool blocked only the southbound lane of traffic on the Glenn. Drivers were rerouted.

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