NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) – Authorities in Delaware say a tractor-trailer carrying 45,000 pounds of unstamped pennies overturned on northbound Interstate 95, spilling its load and jamming traffic.
Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said by telephone that the big rig overturned and caught fire early Thursday at the split for eastbound Interstate 295 in New Castle. Troopers say the driver, 25-year-old Stefan Marinkovic of Chicago, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Hale says the load of blank metal disks spilled onto the roadway.
Authorities say the blank pennies, which were headed for the Philadelphia Mint, were picked up and stored until transportation can be arranged.
The crash and cleanup closed northbound I-95 for more than 13 hours.
Marinkovic was cited for inattentive driving.
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