Have you ever had problems traveling for the Thanksgiving Holiday? Our home sits within earshot of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Last night we heard what sounded like a snowplow running down the pike. What the hell? It was almost 60 degrees out and it was raining. Why is a snow plow going down the pike?
A truck carrying heated drive way sealant had a leaking valve and dumped 4000 gallons of the sealant on the east bound road surface for 40 miles on the Turnpike, from Newcastle exit to Allegheny Valley exit. Different estimates abound, from 100 to 300 cars were stranded by tar build up on their tires. This occurred after dark and in the rain. The motorist had no idea they were driving through liquid tar. Most thought they getting a flat tire and pulled over to the side of the road. Fortunately there were no accidents or injuries.
TribLive News, Driveway sealant gums up Pennsylvania Turnpike
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About 10 years ago my wife and I were on vacation and driving through Stevensville Maryland on US 50. We passed a trailer truck that was spraying some substance from the side of the trailer. Trapped in traffic the right side of our mini-van was doused with some gooey substance. The stuff obliterated the windshield on the right side. The wipers just smeared it around. Fortunately the left side of the windshield was clear. This was back before either of us had cell phones and we didn't get any identification on the truck. We got back to our motel in Annapolis and the right side of our car was covered with some smelly, sticky, slippery shit that struck me as rancid chicken fat. The stuff had a foul smell that just turned our stomachs. Thank God we had the windows closed and the air conditioner on, my wife would have been splattered with that crap. I spent $20 in quarters at a high pressure spray car wash trying to get that shit off the car and I was pissed. I can't imagine being hundreds of miles from home and having your car rendered inoperable by tar. Ironically the truck that dumped the sealant last night was from Stevensville Maryland.
More holiday good cheer...with the 2 inches of rain we had, there is a flood watch on rivers for today through Friday. Fortunately the rain is clearing out. Well I hope your Thanksgiving goes better than these unfortunate travelers.
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