I can’t find any information on this photo. It would appear that a modular home being delivered, tipped the delivery truck or crane.

UPDATE 4/13/08:

Dave C wrote “The picture is actually of a crane tipped over – onto/into the house. The house is delivered in parts and then placed on the foundation or the other pieces by a crane.”

Close enough for me to include it here.


ICBM Rocket Booster

On July 31, 2008, in Bismarck, N.D., an Air Force truck carrying an ICBM Rocket Booster overturned in a ditch.

The truck was on the way from Minot Air Force Base to a launch facility in Northwestern North Dakota, when it somehow “crashed” and overturned. The truck was carrying an unarmed booster rocket for a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.

The truck and rocket, weighing 75,000 pounds were still lying in the ditch a few days later under armed guard and an Air Force spokeswoman, Maj. Laurie Arellano, said that it would be there for a few more days while the incident is in the “assessment phase” and the Air Force determines if it is stable.

Local residents were not in the least bit worried about the missile. They are used to the military moving such things around and they trust them to be sure the missile is safe.

Update: Eventually, it cost the military $5.6 million to recover the truck and missile booster from this accident. The truck remained on the side of the road along with the rocket for more than a week until they were removed. The Air Force placed blame for the indicent on the “driver and safety observer error”.

I would point out a few things about this incident.

If the military could be trusted, there wouldn’t be an ICBM rocket lying in a ditch.

If you were the military spokesperson and they crashed an armed rocket booster, would you admit that it was armed, or would you report that it was unarmed?

The only photo I could locate of this incident was apparently taken and released by the Air Force, so the details are limited.


Via AP, Photo by the US Air Force


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.



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.




Wonder how they cleaned that up? I couldn’t find any further information on this messy spill of glue on the highway.



On July 23, 2006, a truck spilled glass on the I-5 on-ramp in Washington.

Washington State DOT


This is from the town of Jupiter Forida’s Public Works site. They don’t post any details.

Jupiter, FL



On the morning of June 24, 2008, a truck loaded with fireworks overturned on I-84 near Pendleton, Oregon. The fireworks spilled on the side of the highway, closing one lane for hours.

The truck struck a guardrail on the Umatilla River Bridge for unknown reasons, then drove off the roadway, overturning on the shoulder. The driver received minor injuries, but claims that he doesn’t remember the crash happening.




A truck overturned near Salt Lake City in August, 2005. Other drivers went over to the truck to help and the crew got out OK. But the driver quickly shouted to the bystanders that his load was 35,000 lbs. of explosives, so everybody ran. About 3 minutes later, the truck exploded creating a 30-foot deep crater in the road, blasting chunks out of the canyon wall, setting brush fires, and damaging a Union Pacific rail line.


Originally from the Salt Lake Tribune


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.




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.


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