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M&M Cookies

On September 13, 2007, a tractor trailer carrying 20,000 pounds of M&M’s Cookies overturned in San Bernardino, spilling cookies all over the highway. In the photos, it looks like it’s just M&M’s, but if you look closely, you’ll see that it says M&M Cookies. Nobody was hurt. It took crews several hours to clean up the mess (and, no doubt, stuff their cars with cookies).

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Jell-O Snack Packs

On April 23, 2008, a tractor-trailer overturned on I-95 in St. John’s County, Florida, spilling Jell-O Snack Packs all over the roadway.

The truck flipped after it ran into another truck, which splattered individual Jell-O packs all over the highway, which caused a major traffic jam. The driver was trapped inside the truck, but was rescued, airlifted, and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No one else was hurt. Bill Cosby is distraught.

 

CBS News

Future Hams

On May 23, 2008, a truck loaded with future hams ran off the A22 highway in Trentino, Italy and overturned. The truck split open, spilling two tons of pork legs on the side of the road. They appear to have been hanging from the roof of the truck.

Thanks to Daniel B. in Milan, Italy for sending us this story.

Trentino

Flour

A truck carrying flour crashes and spills on I-95 in Laurel, MD in 2004.

Crew used brooms and leafblowers to remove the flour. They were reluctant to use water because of the mess it could have created.

 

 

Entrails

This disgusting truck spill ocurred on October 10, 2007, in Monticello, AR.

The truck was hauling more thatn 500 pounds of decomposing animal entrails and hides, pig heads, and outdated processed meat. The driver slammed on his brakes on U.S. 425 and the disgusting contents of his trailer shifted forward and over the top. The road was closed for a half-hour and bystanders gagged while a 15-man crew cleaned up the smelly spill.

The driver was on his way to a Wal-Mart to pick up it’s outdated meat. He was cited for spilling the load and having no proof of insurance and the trucking company will be billed for the cost of the cleanup.

There is no law or regulation requiring a load of rotting entrails to be covered. This is a good example of how little you know about what’s in the trucks that you pass everyday on the road. You see this type of truck all tht time and you’d never guess it was carrying entrails.

 

Monticellonian

Molases

You just can’t make this stuff up.

On July 17, 2008, 5,000 gallons of molasses leaked from an overturned tanker truck onto the highway in Sugar Land (yes, really), Texas. The driver took the turn too wide, hit the curb, jack-knifed, and flipped over, causing the spill. Traffic was backed up for 3 miles and was moving as slow as… you know. The molasses cleanup was quite an operation (as you can see from the photos). Workers used brooms, shovels, suction, and front-end loaders to clean up the sticky mess. The truck was carrying a total of 8,000 gallons of molasses that was supposed to be mixed into cattle feed.

The driver was treated for minor head injuries.

Molasses, or treacle, is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of sugarcane or sugar beet into sugar. Among its many uses, molasses can be mixed with sand to make mortar for brick working.

ABC13 and others

 

A Bigger Molasses Spill
Probably the biggest molasses spill ever was the Great Molasses Flood on January 15, 1919, in Boston, MA. A tank containing over two million gallons of molasses ruptured sending a 15 foot wave at 35 mph through a Boston neighborhood killing 21 people and injuring 150. Several victims were not found until the fourth day. Residents claim that on hot days, they can still smell the sweet stuff.

 

Chicken Skimmings

On April 28, 2009, a truck full of inedible chicken “slaughter material”, which includes heads and feathers, spilled some of it’s load on a Winona, WI street. The truck did not stop. Apparently this was not the first such spill in the area. Three previous times chicken skimming were spilled and there were three car accidents because of the slippery road (explain that to your insurance company). Two drivers from a local comopany were ticketed in those incidents and witnesses say they were similar trucks, so police will follow up with the same company.

 

Winona Daily News, Photo Melissa Carlo

Potatoes

An Idaho potato truck spills 30 tons of potatoes on I-90 in Coeur D’Alene on April 3, 2007.

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Cookies

Got Milk? Cookie Spill.

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008, a container apparently fell off a tractor-trailer on I-95 on the ramp onto I-476. The container ripped open, spilling cookies on the ramp and onto I-476 below. Nobody was injured. Workers had to lower the container over the side onto the highway below because it was dangling over the edge. It took 5 hours to clean up the cookies, which were made in Honduras.

 

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Watermelons

On Thursday, July 5, 2007, a truck crash spilled hundreds of watermelons across the interstate exchange in Cincinnatti.

Unfortunately, the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was killed when he lost control of the truck.

The truck ran into a guardrail and overhead bridge support on the ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to westbound Interstate 74. The truck rolled over and the trailer was torn open in the crash, throwing its load of fruit across the road and under the overpass.

The ramp remained closed until about 7 p.m. while crews cleaned up the fruit.

 

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