Creedmoor Road reopened Wednesday morning north of Raleigh after a tanker crashed and spilled 3,000 gallons of hot liquid asphalt on the road and into a nearby pond.

Highway Patrol troopers said the tanker truck was hauling the 300-degree asphalt when it overturned around 11 p.m. Tuesday on Creedmoor Road near Norwood Road. The road was closed in both directions north of Interstate 540. The road reopened around 9 a.m., but the cleanup would likely take weeks, officials said.  Authorities early Wednesday morning were building a dam around a nearby pond to try to stop the flow, but some of the asphalt leaked into the water. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said the landowner uses the pond to irrigate a greenhouse. Troopers did not say what caused the truck to overturn. The driver was not seriously injured. 

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