Dozens of drivers received flat tires on their vehicles as scrap metal dropped from the container bed of a truck traveling from Titusville to Warren on Thursday, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville.

The truck, owned by Metalico Inc., a scrap metal services company, had a faulty rear seal on its container, police said. The truck also was 6,000 pounds over its gross vehicle weight of 73,280 pounds, police said.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, the City of Titusville posted a warning to motorists about metal chips on roads in and out of town on the city's Facebook page.

The truck picked up a load of small, metal scrap pieces in Titusville about 8 a.m. then traveled to Metalico's scrap yard in Warren, according to Trooper Joshua Anterock. During the trip, the pieces fell from the truck's container and landed on the road, Anterock said.

Drivers who used East Main Street and Enterprise Road, which is Route 27 and Route 6 into Warren, could have had their tires punctured, Anterock said.

Anterock works with the state police's commercial safety division, which coordinates the federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program out of the Meadville barracks.

A Tribune check of online court records Thursday for Crawford, Venango and Warren counties found no citations regarding the incident had been filed by state police.

Motorists who had tires punctured by the metal pieces in Thursday's incident are to call Pam Bright at Metalico at (814) 362-6873, extension 23, according to state police.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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