Dirt spills on Route 61 in Shamokin, snarls traffic
SHAMOKIN - Traffic along Sunbury Street (Route 61) was snarled Monday afternoon after dirt and rocks accidentally spilled from a tri-axle working at a nearby construction site.
A latch popped off a truck owned by Michael F. Ronca & Sons Inc., causing the debris to spill into the northbound lane between the Cameron Bridge and Market Street.
The truck's driver, Barry Ault, 54, of Jonestown, was driving from a construction site on North Second Street and was believed to be headed to a dump site along Route 61 just outside Shamokin.
Coal Township police directed traffic while employees from Ronca used heavy equipment to clean the mess.
The incident was reported at 3:25 p.m. and the debris was cleared within the hour. All lanes were open to traffic by 4:30 p.m.
Ault will be cited for violating the vehicle code on securing loads, according to Coal Township Patrolman Edward Purcell.