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200 Gallons of Syrup Spills on Road in Toppenish

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Toppenish, WA -  A truck spilled two hundred gallons of corn syrup into the middle of a busy intersection in Toppenish today.  Traffic was backed up for hours as highway 97 was reduced to one lane.  At eight fifteen this morning, a vat carrying the corn syrup fell off truck on it's way to feed honey bees. To fix the problem the dot dumped bags of a sand-like substance on the syrup.  After that, they plan to clean up highway 97 with sweeping trucks, and if necessary, scrape the road with snow plows.  One member of the state patrol says he's never seen anything like it before.  The department of transportation says this isn't the first time they've had to deal with a sticky situation like this one.  About a month ago, in Toppenish on highway 22, a truck spilled potato slurry, which is is sticky substances simmilar to corn syrup.  They cleaned it up in much the same way.