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I-95 non-cents: Tractor trailer carrying unstamped pennies overturns in Delaware

An tractor trailer carrying thousands of unstamped pennies overturned Thursday morning, and closed all northbound travel lanes of Interstate 95 in Delaware amid rush hour.

Two left lanes were scheduled to re-open after 9 a.m., according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. The truck rolled over on I-95 near the Route 141 exit, closing all lanes. Delaware state police and hazardous material crews were on the scene.

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The scene is north of Christiana Mall, before Wilmington.

Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said by telephone that the tractor trailer overturned and caught fire early Thursday at the split for eastbound Interstate 295, but the driver escaped with minor injuries. He says its load of unstamped pennies spilled onto the roadway.

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Department of Transportation spokesman Bud Freel says they've dealt with spills before, but this is the first involving 40,000 pounds of pennies.

Officials say the tractor trailer has been towed and at least one lane reopened late Thursday morning.

Marylanders looking to travel north along the Interstate 95 corridor should consider US 1 and US 40 as alternate routes.

Interstate 95 traffic was being detoured onto I-295 north via US 13, DelDOT said in a statement amid the morning rush.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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