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This Month In Overturned Trucks is The Takeout’s monthly roundup of overturned trucks spilling shit over public roadways.


Chicken waste: A huge mess caused major traffic delays on eastbound Interstate-40 in Burke County, North Carolina, after a truck hauling 70,000 pounds of chicken waste from Morgan Farms in nearby Morganton overturned on November 20. News station WSOC reports one of the first responders, Lenoir Houston, said some of the waste infiltrated his vehicle and knocked him to the ground: “I didn’t see it. It knocked me down like this. I was reaching here, like this, and when it hit me, it just knocked me down.”

Eggs: An early-morning crash involving an egg truck on November 11 closed an an Interstate-285 exit ramp in DeKalb County, Georgia. Clean-up could not begin until sunrise; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports authorities have not said what became of the eggs.

Ham: An overturned truck closed multiple lanes of I-65 near downtown Indianapolis on November 9, as crews slowly cleaned up the nearly 40,000 pounds of Hormel ham products the vehicle previously contained. FOX 59 described the scene as “may-ham,” as lanes remained closed for an extended period of time. County health officials reportedly threw away the ham, deeming it “condemned.”

Macaroni and cheese: Police had to close portions of Interstate-295 South in Henrico County, Virginia, on November 16 when a truck carrying boxed macaroni and cheese product crashed after swerving to avoid a deer. Virginia State Police charged the driver with reckless driving, failure to maintain control, and driving with an invalid commercial driver’s license. The macaroni and cheese had to be off-loaded from the truck before the vehicle could be righted, according to WTVR.

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Milk: Spilled milk quickly froze, creating hazardous conditions on Interstate-94 in St. Clair County, Michigan, after a truck carrying said dairy overturned on November 17. According to the Times Herald, the county road commission dispatched salt to unfreeze the thousands of gallons of milk so the liquid could be removed from the roadway.

Spinach: The driver of a truck carrying spinach sustained only minor injuries when his vehicle went off the side of Interstate-71 in Washington Township, Ohio, spilling the load of leafy greens across the roadway. The Richland Source reports traffic was clogged for 10 miles following the November 10 accident.