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30K pounds of cat litter spills onto Berks County highway

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2017 9:30 AM
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(Reading) -- Police say a tractor-trailer spilled its load of more than 30,000 pounds of cat litter on a Berks County roadway when it failed to manage a curve and overturned.

The northbound lanes of Route 222 were closed for five hours early this morning in Spring Township, near Reading, while crews tried to clean up the ruptured bags of rain-moistened litter.

Spring Township Police Sergeant. Bill P. Van Etten says the driver of the rig sustained minor injuries in the crash that happened around 2:00 a.m. The litter was on its way to a retail store.

A front-end loader was brought in to scoop up the litter and put it in large trash containers.

The road reopened at 7:00 a.m.

Van Etten says the spill "was just really messy."

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