One day, on the highway, something went wrong, terribly wrong:
CLINTON -- DeWitt County highway officials say a bad batch of road-surfacing material led to more than 170 flat tires for motorists using the Waynesville Blacktop after a June 16 road resurfacing.Who knew boiler slag was being used for pavement. Who knew there was boiler slag.
County Highway Superintendent Craig Fink said the tires were punctured by especially sharp shards of boiler slag applied to the eight-mile stretch of road from Wapella through Waynesville. “Boiler slag” is a coarse, hard, black, angular, glassy material left over after coal is burned.
I think I’d be a little pissed if I were the owner of one of the 170 tires even if the county is paying for replacements. (That statistic makes me wonder if some cars had multiple flats). Thankfully, I have no business in Wapella or Waynesville. Something I have in common with most of humanity.