This Is What Happens if You Text While Driving a Paint Truck

Things get messy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2015 4:10 PM CDT
This Is What Happens if You Text While Driving a Paint Truck
This photo provided by Maryland State Highway Administration shows gallons of white and yellow paint coating parts of Interstate 68 near Hancock, Md.   (David Buck/Maryland State Highway Administration via AP)

(Newser) – Interstate 68 in western Maryland is a little more colorful these days as crews work to clean up 6,500 gallons of spilled paint. State police say the driver of a tractor-trailer was texting when he lost control of the vehicle Wednesday evening, causing plastic barrels of white and yellow paint to bust open when the truck overturned. Cleanup is slow going because the paint has to be peeled off, not washed off, a state highway spokesperson tells WBAL. No injuries were reported in the accident. The driver has been charged with negligent driving and illegal use of a hand-held phone. (Read more distracted driving stories.)

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