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ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Officials put restrictions in place on the Parkway West in Robinson Township this afternoon after a tractor trailer, carrying steel rollers, lost its load.

Five steel rollers were tossed on the road like big toys, but each of them weighs about 5,000 pounds.

The driver of a tractor had been hauling a load of the rollers until his load shifted and spilled onto the road around 12:30 p.m.


Lanes of traffic on I-376 West were shut down immediately and the ramp at Route 22/30 also closed to traffic.

Initially, traffic in both directions was halted because one of the steel rollers hit a 10-foot-long concrete barrier, knocking a hole in it, and that roller traveled to the other side of the busy interstate.

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PennDOT says it has not been determined yet who will pay to replace the barrier.

A HAZMAT team was called in to clean up gasoline that leaked onto the highway during the crash.

Only the driver of the truck was in his vehicle. He was not hurt, nor was anyone else.

All lanes had fully reopened to traffic just after 5 p.m.