Yellow paint spill means slow going on I-68 in Maryland

Yellow and white paint is splattered on plants and covers the area under a bridge overpass on Interstate 68 west of Hancock, Md. after a semi trailer driver lost control and crashed spilling over 5,000 gallons of paint, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Ric Dugan/Hagerstown Herald-Mail via AP)

HANCOCK, Md. (AP) — Yellow means slow on Interstate 68 in western Maryland, where crews are cleaning up 6,500 gallons of spilled paint.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said Thursday that the cleanup will continue at least through Saturday night.

The agency says one westbound lane will be closed during daylight hours so workers can scrape the road and replace the guard rail.

This photo provided by Maryland State Highway Administration shows gallons of white and yellow paint coating parts of Interstate 68 near Hancock, Md., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, after a tractor-trailer overturned. Police have charged the driver with using a handheld cellphone while driving. Officials say cleanup will take several days. (David Buck/Maryland State Highway Administration via AP)
This photo provided by Maryland State Highway Administration shows gallons of white and yellow paint coating parts of Interstate 68 near Hancock, Md., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, after a tractor-trailer overturned. Police have charged the driver with using a handheld cellphone while driving. Officials say cleanup will take several days. (David Buck/Maryland State Highway Administration via AP)

State police say the driver of an overturned tractor-trailer was texting on a cellphone when he lost control of the vehicle Wednesday evening, causing plastic barrels of white and yellow paint to fall and break.

Both westbound lanes were closed for nearly 12 hours overnight, backing up traffic for up to 2 miles.

The wreck was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday about 4 miles west of Hancock.

Yellow and white paint is splattered on plants and covers the area under a bridge overpass on Interstate 68 west of Hancock, Md. after a semi trailer driver lost control and crashed spilling over 5,000 gallons of paint, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Ric Dugan/Hagerstown Herald-Mail via AP)
Yellow and white paint is splattered on plants and covers the area under a bridge overpass on Interstate 68 west of Hancock, Md. after a semi trailer driver lost control and crashed spilling over 5,000 gallons of paint, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Ric Dugan/Hagerstown Herald-Mail via AP)

 

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