ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing a warning for those who mow, pick up trash, or even walk along area highways: there are things in that grass you may not want to mess with.
“There are things that are just downright disgusting that people throw out from their cars that nobody would want to touch,” MoDOT District Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth said.
Allmeroth says that along with guns and cell phones, workers and Adopt-A-Highway volunteers are seeing more and more discarded meth-making materials which can be deadly.
“Especially these two liter bottles, or the Coleman coolers or any kind of tanks. Call your law enforcement officials and let them know it’s there,” she advised.
Allmeroth said in one case a worker picked up what appeared to be a soda can but a hidden compartment containing cocaine exploded, sending him to a hospital.
“We have a dangerous job anyway when we’re up on the roadways working but it’s just equally as dangerous when we’re on the roadside and see some of the things we need to dispose of and pick up,” she said.
Allmeroth said the dangerous debris is being found in all corners of the St. Louis region.