KENNEBUNK — An Arundel landscaping company has been charged in connection with a fish spill near the Kennebunk north exit of the turnpike Thursday.

A truck hauling seafood by-product dumped a portion of its load onto Alfred Road after exiting the northbound turnpike at Exit 25 around 6 a.m. Thursday, according to a statement from Kennebunk Deputy Police Chief Michael Nugent.

The spill resulted in morning traffic delays as Kennebunk Public Services crews cleaned up the mess, said Nugent.

“Unfortunately it also resulted in some unhappy motorists,” said Nugent. “Kennebunk police and town office personnel fielded a number of complaints from angry drivers who drove through the spill leaving their vehicles smelling like rotting fish.”

The Kennebunk Police Department investigated the incident and summonsed Dubois Livestock and Excavating, located at Irving Road in Arundel at 1 p.m. Friday, said Nugent.

The landscaping company was charged with operating with an unsecured load, and town officials are contemplating actions to recoup the cost of clean-up, said Nugent.

Dubois Landscape and Excavating’s website says the company operates a licensed compost facility for fish, shark and shellfish products and chicken and cow manure.

In October 2015, the company was the subject of complaints from people in the neighboring city of Biddeford regarding a manure-like smell that lingered over some parts of the city.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]

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