QUEENSBURY -- A driver for an Albany transportation company has been charged in connection with last month’s spill of rancid meat on Aviation Road that resulted in numerous vehicles stinking for days.
Vincent E. Howard of Albany, a driver for Baker Commodities Inc. of Albany, was charged with two counts of disposing of refuse on a highway, one count each by State Police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The charge is a noncriminal violation of state Vehicle & Traffic Law.
Howard was in the area, picking up expired meat and grease from restaurants to take to a rendering plant. A door was not secured on a truck Howard drove, and as he went up the hill on Aviation Road, the door opened and meat inside slid off the truck, police report.
Numerous pieces of meat, apparently chicken fat, fell from the truck onto the road in front of Aviation Mall. Dozens of vehicles drove through it and wound up having to be cleaned to remove the remnants, which left horrific smells behind.
Local car washes reported some motorists going through numerous times to clean the undercarriages of their vehicles.
State Police were able to track down the truck driver, thanks to a witness who came forward to The Post-Star after the paper ran an article about the meat spill.
The witness reported seeing meat falling from a truck that was southbound on the Northway in Queensbury that day.
James Teele, a Saratoga Springs resident who drove through the smeared meat on his way home from work, said he had his Toyota 4Runner washed five times — three times at a car wash, two times by hand — to get rid of the smell.
He said he had to drive around with his car windows open for the first three days, and the odor was still noticeable five days after he drove over the meat.
“By the third day it had really gotten better and by the fifth day I only occasionally caught a whiff,” he said.
Vincent DeMarco, manager of Baker Commodities’ office in Albany, did not return a phone call for comment Monday.
When interviewed last month, he acknowledged that a driver for the company was in the Glens Falls area that day, but said no problems were reported during the trip.