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    RoadSafe, a company whose employee dumped paint onto a road Oct. 19 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, has accepted responsibility and vowed to clean it up within the next week. (Published Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016)

    A company responsible for spilling paint along a 3-mile stretch of road in West Newbury, Massachusetts, has vowed to clean it up within the next week.

    According to town officials, an employee of RoadSafe caused the spill after he had completed a painting job in town Oct. 19. As he left town, police reports stated he claimed he didn't realize there was paint spilling out of his work truck. It was not until the police department received several complaints from drivers that they were able to track down who was responsible.

    "One fellow in town's car was only three days old, and he drove through it and he got yellow splatter all over his three day old car," explained resident, Rick Thurlow.

    In total, there were nine reports of car damage. But in a statement to necn, Roadsafe said they've either dealt directly with drivers or referred them to their insurer.

    "They caused damage and we want it to be fixed," said town clerk, Mike McCarron.

    This week, the town and company reached an agreement to proceed with repairs to the road.

    "RoadSafe is relieved that it has reached a resolution with the town of West Newbury who has given RoadSafe permission to proceed with remediation of the spill as of late yesterday," Margaret Bennett, a spokesperson for RoadSafe, wrote in a statement Thursday. "Weather and municipal cooperation permitting, RoadSafe will begin its work to remove the temporary waterborne paint from the roadway tomorrow. We accept full responsibility for the failure and are taking all necessary steps to prevent this type of occurrence in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused to the town of West Newbury and its residents."

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