Cement spill hinders traffic

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
A cement truck that lost some of its load had traffic backed up for about an hour and a half along Hurley School and Sherrills Ford roads Tuesday afternoon.
The truck’s driver, whose name was not immediately available, unknowingly spilled some cement. The cement had not hardened said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper D. H. Deal.
It was in a form called slurry, which is the slushy consistency before the material is dumped, he said.
“It was easy to wash off the roadway,” Deal said. “The powder kind of dissolved away.”
The roads had to be shut down long enough for Department of Transportation workers to clean the road.
“It was mostly for the workers’ safety and anybody who would drive through it,” he said.
No accidents were reported.
“There was a malfunction on a piece of equipment that caused it to spill out of the truck,” he said.
The incident occurred around noon.
“Our main focus was to get it off the roadway before anybody got hurt,” Deal said.