You can find hazards it is possible to predict while worries: annoying honking, pesky tailgating, your GPS losing service in a tunnel. And there are several things youd just never see coming. This week, those ideas were distinctly Italian American. Inside a day of every other, two big rigs spilled at the very least 150,000 fist-sized tomatoes and a large number of jars worth of creamy Alfredo sauce across multiple interstate highwaysone in California and another in Memphis. Things got very slippery; people got injured.
At about 5 a.m. on Monday, a truck driving south on Interstate 80 in Vacaville, California, collided with multiple vehicles before crashing in to the center meridian. The rig was carrying approximately 50,000 pounds of tomatoes from Solano Country to the Bay Area. Upon collision, they unfortunately scattered into oncoming traffic and quickly covered about 200 feet of the highly trafficked road.
Using parts, the edible ball pit was around two feet thick, a officer on the scene told the NY Times, before reassuring the reporter he was not being hyperbolic. The fruit created havoc as morning hours drivers squashed the tomatoes right into a dirty pulp. Those tomato skins, man, the officer said. After they hit the asphalt, its like walking on ice.
A chain result of crashes occurred after one car, stuck in the sauce, was struck by another. Seven cars piled-up, three people sustained mild injuries, and another was hospitalized with a broken leg. It took California Highway Patrol 10 hours to totally reopen the interstate, an activity that involved plenty of heavy-duty scooping and a dusting of a kitty litter-like powder to soak up the tomato juice.