Accidents on the highway, while unfortunate, are also a normal, accepted part of doing business. As any trucker, first responder, or truck accident lawyer can tell you, though, not every accident falls within the bounds of what you’d consider “normal.” Sometimes, accidents can get downright weird, and today, we’re going to take a look at some of the most unusual incidents that have occurred over the years.
1) Paint Everywhere
Paint has a tendency to stain, and that’s exactly what it did in Gaston County, North Carolina, in August of 2019. Several 55-gallon drums spilled out onto the road, necessitating several lane shutdowns and an extensive cleanup with some rather intricate waterblasting technologies.
2) Chocolate Made Liquid
Imagine a literal river of chocolate streaming at you on the roads. Arizona drivers got to experience it firsthand in January of 2019, when a truck transporting 3,500 gallons of liquid chocolate spilled out onto the highway. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.
3) Euros, Euros Everywhere
In Italy, a truck carrying two million euro coins just happened to spill its load out onto the highway. The resultant cacophony is one that anyone could have anticipated, and while most of the currency was recovered, there was indeed a bit that was lost to the masses.
4) That Sweet, Sweet Wine
It’s painful for some to watch alcohol go to waste, especially when it’s sweet, delicious red wine. Now, just imagine the chagrin of California drivers who had to watch a semi-truck lose thousands of pounds worth of bottled wine all over highway 132.
5) A Fishy Situation
Sure, some people like them, but it’s hard to deny that sardines have a very particular — and powerful — smell. We feel for the poor souls who had to be stuck in the traffic (and the stench) of tons of sardines all over the highways in Southern California.
6) A Meaty Mishap
From a food product few appreciate to one that almost everyone can enjoy — in Minnesota, a considerable traffic jam was caused by a sausage delivery truck that lost several tons of delicious meat after toppling over in spectacular fashion.
7) Fiery Avocados Of Doom
No joke, on a sunny San Antonio highway, on a Tuesday in October of 2019, approximately 40,000 pounds worth of fiery avocados spilled onto the road. As if that wasn’t enough, traffic was backed up for several hours, making that particular commute even more unbearable than usual.