Insurer seeks claims limit in Pa. Turnpike mess

Monday, December 12, 2011
Sticky goo on Pennsylvania turnpike disables over 100 cars

A flood of gooey muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled more than 100 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials said. A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of a long stretch of the Turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday night, Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said.

An insurance company says its liability for a pre-Thanksgiving asphalt spill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike should be limited to $1 million.

Hundreds of vehicles were reportedly damaged when a leaking valve on a tanker spread the gooey substance over part of the turnpike in western Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Monday that Travelers Indemnity Co. says it has received more than 900 claims from the incident.

The paper reports that Travelers says in the lawsuit that since the claims are likely to exceed the $1 million provided by a policy, a federal judge should decide who receives compensation from that sum.

Travelers also is seeking a ruling that it`s not liable for damages under two other policies held by MTS Transport, the trucking company.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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