Turkeys

On October 10, 2008 the driver of a turkey truck in Rollag, MN unfortunately died when his truck rolled down an embankment.

Hundreds of turkeys were on the loose.

 

 

Via The Globe

Slime Eels

More than 7,000 pounds of hagfish, also known as slime eels, coated a section of Highway 101 with a gel described as “Spider-Man’s webbing crossed with a jellyfish.”

Source: Chain-Reaction Crash With Minor Injuries, Except for the Slime Eels

Squash

I-79 in Pennsylvania, in July 2005. Apparently, a tractor-trailer hit the overpass support, spilling it’s squashed squash on the median.

From Flickr

 

Stone Block

I can’t find a description of what happened here. Obviously the driver decided to stop a little too quickly. If you’re carrying a giant hunk of concrete in the back of your truck, I would think you’d want to drive somewhat carefully. My question is “how did they get that big block of concrete in the truck in the first place?” My next question is “why would you want to truck around a giant hunk of concrete?” Does this still qualify as a spill? It just came out the wrong end.

Scroll down for further information on this incident!

UPDATE 3/8/08:

This photo has caused a bit of controversy (although not quite as much as the Beer Spill. Visitors have said that it is not concrete, but rather, Stone, Limestone, Marble, or Granite. Christian M. even sent a link showing similar blocks of marble being trucked. The only thing I can say with certainty is that the original source said that it was concrete. My vote is for Limestone. One visitor tells me that they use a giant forklift to get them into the truck. Very cool!

UPDATE 4/13/08:

Chris L. says “I load those containers onto trucks and trains for a living. There’s a reason why we load them with the doors facing rearward. Apparently in China they don’t follow that procedure.”

And John M. gave this some serious thought.
“Much more likely to be marble then limestone. Marble is shipped in blocks for sculptures or for further processing – cutting into sheets and polishing.
Marble also has a low friction factor, so would slide under moderate braking. Also the low friction would make it “easy” to push the block into the container.
In Asian countries serious overloading is a part of life – partly helped by low speeds which means tyres will not blow out as readily because less heat is built up in them.
Normally of course containers are loaded with the doors to the rear to facilitate unloading – why this is back the front is a mystery unless that was the only way they could spread the load the way they needed.
In any case the block was obviously not restrained to any degree, so under braking it slid forward, the impact load on the doors caused them to burst open, and it slid out until stopped by the cabin.
Note the other products suggested have high friction factors so would be unlikely to slide – and granite cannot be white.”

 

Silage

On February 1, 2008, a truck carrying silage overturned on a road near Tulare, CA.

For those who aren’t sure what silage is, (this included me until I looked it up) it is fermented, high-moisture fodder that can be fed to ruminants (cows and sheep) or used as a biofuel feedstock for anaerobic digesters. It’s usually made from grass crops such as maize or sorghum. Sometimes it’s a mix of two crops.

Reportedly, a small car crossed into the truck’s lane and the driver drove onto the shoulder to avoid the car, causing him to lose control. The driver suffered some injuries and was transported to the hospital.

More info on Silage from Stacey S.

“My family has been making silage for many years. What it is is usually a cerial or grass crop that has been choped up into teeny tiny peices then droped into either a silo where it ferments or is placed into a bunker or on the gound, driven over by a heavy tractor to pack it down and then covered over with plastic, usually black, weighted down by dirt, old tires or other heavy items and left to ferment. After a while it is taken out and fed to usually cows (either dairy or beef.) After fermenting for a while it has a very distinctive smell. It is high enegry food for animals. ”

Stacey wasn’t specific about the “distinctive smell” but I’m going to jump to the conclusion that it isn’t pleasant.

Visalia Times-Delta

Peanuts

A tractor-trailer loaded with peanuts overturned on Sept. 27, 2005 in North Carolina. It took firefighters about three hours to clear the spilled peanuts from the US70 and US117 intersection.

News-Argus

Oranges

On April 8, 2003, a semi trailer lost it’s load on the Sturt Highway (not sure where this is) when a rope snapped. 53 bins, totaling 26 1/2 tons of oranges covered the road.

Darryl sent me an email saying…

“The Sturt Highway (named after an early explorer) runs through Mildura in the heart of South Eastern Australia’s citrus growing area, on the Murray river.
Always like a good truck spill!”

Thanks Darryl!

Onions

On February 8th, 2008, on the N3 in Durban (which is, I think, in South Africa) A truck had a blow-out, which caused it to slide in the wet conditions, colliding into a guardrail and overturning. The news report says that a “bakkie” then collided with the truck.

Apparently, a “bakkie” is slang in South Africa for a small pickup truck. It’s also the name of a small bowl to put something in, which would explain the nickname.

Nobody was hurt, but cleanup crews cried for hours. Just kidding. It’s an onion joke.

East Coast Radio

 

Garlic

On August 7, 2006, a trailer full of garlic overturned along Highway 299 in Montgomery Creek, CA.

Intermountain News Online, Burney California

Soybeans

A truck hauling 50,000 pounds of soybeans overturned and dumped them into a 1995 Firebird in Clarksville,TN.

 

 

Posted on The Wx Fam blog on April 14, 2008:

A few days ago, my mom was at home and suddenly heard a loud noise outside…

A grain truck had overturned in their front yard spilling its load of soy beans. The driver was a little dazed, but not injured. Within minutes, the police and a tow truck were called to the scene. Later, a crop vacuum came by and cleaned up the soy beans.

 

 

 

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