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Diaper spill gets ‘attended to’ by company employees

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 10:22 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2021 at 3:43 PM EST
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AYDEN, N.C. (WITN) - After more than four days of inattention, an adult diaper spill finally got cleaned up in Pitt County.

Dozens of Attends adult diapers spilled out the back of a truck Friday morning on the Highway 11 Bypass near Ayden.

Attends has a plant in Greenville. A spokeswoman for the parent company said it happened after a third-party company used for shipping didn’t properly secure the doors to their truck.

WITN reached out to the North Carolina Department of Transportation Tuesday morning after it was discovered the mess was still alongside the four-lane highway.

By midafternoon, the company sent out a team of workers to pick up the now soggy diapers.

TUESDAY MORNING STORY

Four days after dozens of adult diapers spilled out onto a Pitt County highway the mess still hasn’t been cleaned up.

A state trooper noticed the spill around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The debris stretches for a couple of hundred yards on both sides of the northbound lanes of the Highway 11 Bypass near Ayden. They include small, medium, and large Attends briefs.

Attends Healthcare Products has a plant in Greenville.

A spokeswoman for parent company Domtar told WITN on Friday that it involved a truck owned by a third-party company they use for shipping. The doors on the truck were not properly secured when it left Grifton, causing the packages to spill out onto the highway, the company said in a statement to WITN.

The adult diapers are now a soggy mess after it rained Friday night and the diapers did their job.

A DOT spokeswoman told WITN that state highway workers do not pick up litter unless it’s a roadway hazard. The Pitt County maintenance engineer went to the scene Friday and determined the diapers were not impeding traffic.

Around midafternoon, the DOT said Domtar employees were en route to the highway to begin the cleanup.

The spill happened Friday morning and remains there on Tuesday.
The spill happened Friday morning and remains there on Tuesday.(WITN)

FRIDAY STORY

Someone dropped a big load of adult diapers onto a Pitt County highway Friday morning and kept going.

Dozens of Attends adult diapers littered the Highway 11 Bypass outside of Ayden.

The diapers fell out of the back of a truck, and the packages broke open upon impact.

The debris stretched for a couple of hundred yards on both sides of the northbound lanes. They include small, medium, and large Attends briefs.

A state trooper noticed the spill shortly before 9:30 a.m. A Department of Transportation crew was expected to clean them up, but as of 5:00 p.m., the mess was still along the highway.

Attends Healthcare Products has a plant in Greenville.

A spokeswoman for parent company Domtar told WITN that it involved a truck owned by a third-party company they use for shipping. The doors on the truck were not properly secured when it left Grifton, causing the packages to spill out onto the highway, the company said in a statement to WITN.

Domtar said it is working with their operator to prevent it from happening again.

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