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MASSIVE CHOCOLATE SPILL SHUTS PART OF I-390

Part of a highway in the Finger Lakes region was closed for five hours after a tanker truck crashed, spilling 45,000 pounds of slippery liquid chocolate that hardened.

State police said no one was seriously injured in the crash shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 390. A road grader was used to scrape the northbound lanes.

Bert Nestlrode, 46, of Ephrata, Pa., the truck driver, swerved to avoid a deer, but the truck rolled over and the tanker split, police said. Nestlrode was treated in a hospital for cuts and bruises, and no tickets were issued.

The syrup also covered a bridge and a car on another road below. The truck, from M&M Mars. Co. in Elizabethtown, Pa., carried liquid used to make milk chocolate.

"It smelled like a Hershey bar," Groveland Fire Chief Lloyd Butler said. "There was a lot of chocolate, but no peanuts."

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