Here is why traffic is backed up for miles and miles on 17 South towards wilm. Cookie dough everywhere! Carts rolled and busted out of truck. Took us 1 hour from Hampstead to Wilmington. Should take only 10 minutes! #lotsofcookies 🍪
Posted by Brandon Luck on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
PENDER COUNTY — A truck carrying cookie dough Tuesday lost part of its cargo just before lunch on southbound U.S. 17 in Scotts Hill, snarling traffic into the evening rush hour.
Pictures on Facebook showed yellow vats strewn across the black top lanes near the intersection with Sidbury Road, which sits just north of the New Hanover-Pender county line. The spill happened a little before noon and shut down one of the two southbound lanes of traffic, according to Pender emergency officials.
“It could have been waste,” a Pender official said. “Stuff they’ve thrown away.”
It is unclear where the truck was headed, officials said.
The Pender County Fire Department was dispatched to help with traffic. The N.C. Highway Patrol was also on scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
More than 39,000 vehicles travel U.S. 17 just north of Sidbury Road, according to the latest traffic counts.
Reporter Kevin Maurer can be reached at 910-343-2384 or Kevin.Maurer@StarNewsOnline.com.
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