WASHINGTON, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — It was a sneeze felt for 13 miles. Not literally of course, but this bodily function caused a tanker driver to black out. The ripple effect was a traffic jam that went on for miles.
The tanker carrying corn syrup overturned, blocking Interstate 70 in southwestern Pennsylvania and snarling traffic on nearby Interstate 79.
Troopers say 52-year-old Billie Setser of Carrollton, Ohio, was eastbound on I-70 near Washington, Pa., when he lost control of the rig about 2 p.m. Thursday. The truck went off the road, hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and slid, blocking both eastbound lanes.
Crews collected several hundred gallons of corn syrup in metal drums, as PennDOT workers put down anti-skid material to soak up what was left.
Eastbound traffic backed up about 13 miles. Interstate 79, which has an interchange near the site, saw southbound traffic back up eight miles.
The driver was hurt, but police didn’t release details.
Amazingly, this isn’t the first time this year a sneeze has been blamed in a tanker overturning. A similar incident occurred in the same county just last month.
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