A leaking septic truck left a foul-smelling mess on Maple Avenue at the end of rush hour Monday morning.
But the truck driver quickly realized that his truck was leaking and pulled over near the Animal Protective Foundation. Only about 10 gallons of sewage was spilled.
Public Works Commissioner Thomas Coppola feared the worst when he was notified of the mess at 9 a.m. He was relieved to find that a simple sight glass had broken on the truck — a quick and easy repair. The private company sent another truck to empty out the broken tank, and then installed a new glass.
“It could’ve been a lot worse,” Coppola said. “They didn’t lose much — only 10 gallons. We made them clean it up.”
The company used a vaccuum to suck up the spilled sewage and then cleaned the road with a high-pressure wash, he said.
The mess was gone and the truck was repaired by 10:45 a.m.