Overturned truck spills asbestos on expressway

Truck driver is under arrest after fleeing on foot
January 14, 2008 4:34:23 AM PST
The rain and lack of snow helped cleanup-crews after a truck carrying a toxic-cargo of asbestos overturned in Queens.Police say the 14-wheeler truck hit a divider on the Clearview Expressway on Sunday afternoon before flipping over.

Investigators say the truck's driver fled on foot before emergency vehicles even reached the scene. He is now under arrest.

Investigators say the asbestos may have been headed for an illegal dumping ground.

Northbound lanes near the Long Island Expressway were closed most of the night while workers cleaned the area.

It's not known why the truck struck the median.

No injuries have been reported.


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