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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The morning commute got a little sticky for drivers trying to make their way to work in Wilmington. A truck spilled its load of liquid asphalt along a busy road, causing delays and damage to dozens of cars.

Drivers along North College Road had to deal with the wet, sticky mess Wednesday morning after a Hilco Transport truck leaked much of its 52,000 pounds of liquid asphalt for about four miles.

"I’ve got tar all over the front of the truck, down the side of the truck, in the tires," said Heins Meeks who drove through the mess. "It’s a lot of fun."

Wilmington Police say more than 40 vehicles were damaged after driving through the hot asphalt.

"It’s a petroleum-based product and cleans up very easily with just a regular solvent," Hilco terminal manager Gary King said. "It’s not going to damage the paint or anything like that, hurt tires. There’s no way it would do that."

But mechanics at Jeff Fountain Tire Sales say that’s not the case.

"We had to take the tires off and put new tires on," mechanic Wayne Davis. "It will take the paint off the car."

Hilco says it is completely responsible for the clean-up and will make sure all cars are restored to their original condition. But for drivers, their morning commute was anything but smooth.

Highway Patrol cited the driver of the tractor trailer with failure to secure his load.


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