JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Missouri transportation officials are testing a new device designed to clear debris swiftly from highways.

The “Gator Getter,” built by a Virginia company, resembles a large barrel turned sideways with a hinged door and wheels on each side.

It attaches to the front of a large truck, somewhat like a snow plow, and the driver can lower it to scoop up debris from
pavement while traveling 45 to 50 mph.

The device is being tested in the Kansas City district of the state Transportation Department.

The idea is to clear highway lanes of torn tires, animal carcasses and other kinds of trash without requiring a truck to stop while workers hop down to grab the items.

Officials say the device could mean fewer delays for motorists and safer conditions for employees.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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