EVERSON, Wash. — Some Everson residents had hot asphalt ooze into their backyards after a semitrailer carrying heaps of the heated tar substance rolled over and crashed in Washington state.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2euYA1W ) the semitrailer was carrying about 6,800 gallons (25,740 liters) of asphalt when it rolled on Thursday.

Everson Police Chief Dan McPhee said the driver was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries and was cited for negligent driving.

Amber Encinias, who heard the crash, says residents in the area pulled the driver from the wreck.

A fire official says Whatcom County’s hazmat team examined the scene and decided that no special precautions were necessary.

Whatcom District 1 Fire Chief Mel Blankers said the asphalt hardened and was going to take a while to clean up.


Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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