More than 150 motorists who had tires flattened by scrap metal on the road Thursday will be reimbursed, but claims need to be submitted by Tuesday, according to Metalico Inc., a scrap metal company.
It was a Metalico Inc. truck traveling from Titusville to Warren on Thursday morning that dropped metal chips on the roadway — puncturing tires on more than 150 different vehicles along routes 27 and 6 between the two cities.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, the truck picked up a load of small, metal scrap pieces in Titusville around 8 a.m. then traveled to Metalico’s scrap yard in Warren. A faulty rear seal on the container caused the chips to land on the road, police said. Debris was left along East Main Street and Enterprise Road, which is Route 27, and Route 6 into Warren.
"We're reimbursing claims," Lauri Pope, controller for Metalico Inc.'s office in Bradford, told the Tribune on Friday. "So far, we've had more than 150 claims. However, we will prosecute fraudulent claims."
Claims are asked to be submitted by 4 p.m. Tuesday by contacting Pam Bright at Metalico at (814) 362-6873, extension 23, Pope said.
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