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Tanker wreck leaves sticky roadside mess

May 26, 2013 The Associated Press

The tractor-trailer combination was carrying 39,000 pounds of liquid asphalt sealer at a temperature of 340 degrees.

MEDICINE BOW -- A tractor-trailer pulling two tankers loaded with asphalt sealer overturned and spilled a hot, sticky mess near Medicine Bow.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before 1 p.m. Friday about seven miles west of Medicine Bow.

No other vehicles were involved and nobody was hurt.

The patrol says the tanker combination was carrying 39,000 pounds of liquid asphalt sealer at a temperature of 340 degrees.

The driver swerved and lost control, causing the tanker truck to roll over. The rear tanker ruptured and spilled the asphalt sealer onto the roadside.

Authorities closed the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 and waited for the gooey substance to cool so it could be cleaned up.

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The eastbound lane of U.S. highway 30 near Medicine Bow had to be closed while the asphalt sealer in this wrecked tanker cooled enough to be cleaned up. Wyoming Highway Patrol

The eastbound lane of U.S. highway 30 near Medicine Bow had to be closed while the asphalt sealer in this wrecked tanker cooled enough to be cleaned up. Wyoming Highway Patrol


The eastbound lane of U.S. highway 30 near Medicine Bow had to be closed while the asphalt sealer in this wrecked tanker cooled enough to be cleaned up. Wyoming Highway Patrol

The eastbound lane of U.S. highway 30 near Medicine Bow had to be closed while the asphalt sealer in this wrecked tanker cooled enough to be cleaned up. Wyoming Highway Patrol

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