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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 5:00 am

Thursday proved to be a bad day for multiple area motorists, as pieces of metal spilled out onto the street from a commercial vehicle led to dozens popped and damaged tires in the Titusville area.

According to Meadville-based State Police, a commercial truck that had picked up a container of scrap metal from a Titusville business was to blame for the debris covering the roads. Police said the container had a faulty rear seal and the vehicle was 6,000 pounds overweight, leading to the contents spilling out onto the road.

The truck reportedly traveled toward Pleasantville on East Main Street, then turned northward on Enterprise Road and then onto state Route 6, heading into Warren. Police said those three roads were where most of the reported incidents of damaged tires took place. The truck is owned by Metalico Scrap Metal Service, according to police.

City Manager Larry Manross said the city first began receiving reports of damaged tires around 8 a.m. State Police requested the help of the city’s Public Works department to clear the roads of the bits of scrap metal.

While most of the metal was cleaned off the road, Manross said that it is “almost an impossibility” that every single piece has been picked up. Public Works employees used a variety of equipment in the cleanup effort, including street sweepers and magnets, but Manross said the bits are very small. In fact, a person can fit several of them in the palm of their hands relatively easy.

“Realistically, all of that stuff will never be totally cleaned up,” Manross said.

The incident has resulted in a major jump in workload for Shambaugh Towing. Office manager Ashley Edeburn, speaking to The Herald on Thursday afternoon, estimated the company received 18 calls relating to bits of metal damaging tires, with no sign of the reports slowing.

Eden said most calls were coming out of the Pleasantville area, and not all of them resulted in fully popped tires.

“We have people with metal shavings in their tires,” she said. “The tires are not flat yet, but they’re still being towed just as a precaution.”

Local State Police departments have also had their hands full responding to incidents. A trooper with the Corry division believed the office received anywhere between 50 to 100 calls regarding the scrap pieces. In one such instance, a pick-up truck with an attached trailer had eight tires damaged all at once.

State Police are asking anyone whose vehicle was damaged by the metal scraps to contact Metalico directly, at (814) 362-6873, ext. 23. Calls should ask to speak with Pam Bright, according to police.

Ray can be reached, by email, at

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1 comment:

  • Jahoba posted at 9:58 pm on Thu, Jun 20, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 240

    This has bad trucker written all over it.


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