G. Piazza, Once Owner
Of Stats Express, DiesALBANY, N.Y. - George O. Piazza, 73, retired owner of Stats Express Trucking Co. in Rensselaer, died Sunday in Albany Medical Center Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Piazza, who retired in 1980, is survived by his wife, Helen, sons George P. of Slingerlands and Mark T. of Albany, and three daughters, Angela Glebatis of Rensselaer, Paulette Furdyna of Ballston Lake and Louise Costello of Albany.
j Sulfuric Acid Spill
Closes Calif. Highway
LAYTONVILLE, Calif. - A truck loaded with 50,000 gallons of sulfuric acid sprang a leak, forcing the evacuation of least 25 residences, including a rest home.
The accident stranded or forced motorists Monday into an 80-mile detour when Highway 101 was closed for more than 10 hours three miles south of Laytonville, about 120 miles north of Santa Rosa.
The evacuation included eight elderly residents of the Hencz Country Rest Home.
No one was reported injured in connection with the spill. The acid was confined to the highway, causing no apparent environmental damage, the California Highway Patrol said.
The northbound truck was carrying the sulfuric acid to Eureka from Concord. A ruptured seal on the top of a tank was blamed for the leak.
j BET to Sell Shares
In South African Unit
LONDON - BET, the international services company, plans to sell up to 20 percent of the shares of its South African freight transport subsidiary, United Transport International, in a public issue on the Johannesburg stock exchange. The sale will raise approximately 4 million to expand the company without new investment by BET.
The subsidiary, Unitrans, is owned by United General Investments, in which BET owns 60 percent and Sanlam, the South African life insurance company, owns 40 percent. After the sale, therefore, BET's interest in Unitrans will be less than 50 percent but it will retain control through its majority share of parent company UGI.