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Truck spill woes: millions of bees, pizza, milk and lots of money

By James Raia
They could have been scenes from comedy movies or low-level horror films. And since no one was seriously hurt, a little truck humor seems fine. Here are some stories regarding unusual cargo that’s fallen or spilled off vehicles traveling the country’s highways.

The industry site freightwaves.com has documented odd circumstances when something’s gone wrong – 14 million bees on the I-5 median at the I-405 interchange near Lynnwood, Washington, to the hundreds of pizzas spilled on the highway in Little Rock, Arkansas, on I-30, just east of I-430.

A truck accident resulted in a highway full of frozen pizzas.
A truck accident resulted in a highway full of frozen pizzas.

Truck accidents make messes

A payload of milk spilled in a crash on the I-30 overpass at MacArthur Boulevard in Grand Prairie, near Dallas, Texas. And how about the restored $98,000 (and just-purchased) 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 429 involved in an accident in Dawsonville, Georgia. It was being transported to its new owner from Rochester, New York?

And then there’s the case of an armored truck in New Jersey carrying $2 million that flipped on the New Jersey turnpike. The result: Tens of thousands of dollars in coins spilled onto the road.

In the pizza incident, a westbound section of the highway was closed for more than four hours while crews cleaned up the spill. No one was hurt but on-the-scene officials said the combination of the spilled diesel fuel mixed with the pizza crust, pepperoni, cheese and sauce made a “slippery spot.”

The aftermath of the armored truck crash required state troopers and turnpike maintenance crews five hours to gather the change. They used brooms and shovels and placed it into plastic buckets.

“We’re in the toll business, but nobody’s ever seen this much coinage on the road in their life,” Joe Orlando, a turnpike spokesperson, told the website. “They were down on their hands and knees in the grass 100 feet away. It was just covered in change.”

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Ron T.
6 months ago

Living on a busy state highway, I find lost items all the time. Sometimes they’re even useful such as a landscape timber and a 16 qt. oil change container that’s perfect for the motorhome.

Donald N Wright
6 months ago

It’s the little things that fall off a vehicle. Tool box, furniture, tools, lumber, ladders, I found a wheel barrow, moved it to a tree in someone’s yard. Yesterday there was a work bench with table saw up in the grass at a nearby intersection.

James Shoe
6 months ago

What about the bees?

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6 months ago
Reply to  James Shoe

Hi, James. Yep, 14 million honeybees got loose on the freeway a couple of miles from my home. It happened in 2015. The Seattle Times reported: “The overturned truck held 448 hives with as many as 14 million bees … The honeybees, headed from Sunnyside, Yakima County, WA, for pollination at a blueberry farm in Lynden, Whatcom County, WA, were worth $92,000.” The truck driver apparently lost control on a tight curve on the ramp going from I-405 to northbound I-5. No one was injured in the accident, although some folks were stung by the bees. First responders and beekeepers saved about 128 of the hives. All I can say is that it’s a good thing it wasn’t 14 million of those “Murder Hornets” that are being found in the Pacific Northwest now. 😯 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

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