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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 28 12:53 AM

Sept 28, 2009: Truck Spills

A gazillion trucks carry the stuff we need, and a lot of crap we don't need but will buy anyway, over the highways... night and day... 24/7.

And sometimes they drop things....


Quote:
A trailer carrying 26 alligator carcasses to a processing plant overturned on a Fort Lauderdale highway (year unknown). The carcasses, which weighed about 10,000 pounds were put on a flatbed truck and taken to the processing plant.

Quote:
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.
And here's one I actually saw personally, on the way to work.

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On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2008, a container apparently fell off a tractor-trailer on I-95 on the ramp onto I-476. The container ripped open, spilling cookies on the ramp and onto I-476 below. Nobody was injured. Workers had to lower the container over the side onto the highway below because it was dangling over the edge. It took 5 hours to clean up the cookies, which were made in Honduras.
Lots more spills and chills.


gvidas  Monday Sep 28 01:41 AM

see also: The Gallery of Transport Loss

Focused more on maritime + aviation accidents. And with a less-than-current approach to website design. But there are some real golden photos in there.



SPUCK  Monday Sep 28 05:44 AM

I have corrected the statement.

Quote:
The container ripped open, spilling cookies on to the ramp. Workers had to lower a container of milk over the side onto the highway below because the cookies had to be dunked. It took 5 hours to eat up the cookies, which were made in Honduras.



chrisinhouston  Monday Sep 28 08:20 AM

…and there's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut!



ZenGum  Monday Sep 28 08:37 AM

They can count themselves lucky those gators were already dead.

Years back, the main highway into Adelaide from the East snaked down through some hills where the trucks could burn out their brakes, then swung around a 180 degree hairpin turn officially named "The Devil's Elbow". The stuff that spilled there included a truckload of live cattle, a load of nails and scrap metal, and once, about 8,000 live chickens. No crocs, that I remember hearing about, though.



Spexxvet  Monday Sep 28 09:22 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
A gazillion trucks carry the stuff we need, and a lot of crap we don't need but will buy anyway, over the highways... night and day... 27/7.
...
Those are some Loooong days!


dar512  Monday Sep 28 10:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston View Post
…and there's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut!
Intended for Mystic Pizza?


dar512  Monday Sep 28 10:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
They can count themselves lucky those gators were already dead.

Years back, the main highway into Adelaide from the East snaked down through some hills where the trucks could burn out their brakes, then swung around a 180 degree hairpin turn officially named "The Devil's Elbow". The stuff that spilled there included a truckload of live cattle, a load of nails and scrap metal, and once, about 8,000 live chickens. No crocs, that I remember hearing about, though.
And let's not forget the incident of 30,000 lbs of bananas.

/obscure


birdclaw  Monday Sep 28 10:26 AM

Get your motor running
Cookies on the highway
Looking for some skim milk
Or whatever comes my way!



dar512  Monday Sep 28 10:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by birdclaw View Post
Get your motor running
Cookies on the highway
Looking for some skim milk
Or whatever comes my way!
The yuppie version:

Get your motor running
Cookies on the highway
Looking for some skim milk
Or a venti mocha latte!


Sundae  Monday Sep 28 10:31 AM

There's a mostly accepted urban legend about the brood of chickens that inhabit the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. Snopes are certainly willing to accept that a poultry truck overturned near the Vineland Avenue exit, and the survivors formed a permanent colony.

Not a truck spill, but along the same lines of cargo lost in transit, our most recent opportunity for looting came from the sea rather than the road, from the MSC Napoli:

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After containers from the wreck began washing up at Branscombe [Devon, South West England], around two hundred people went onto the beach to scavenge the flotsam, despite warnings from the police that those failing to notify the Receiver of Wreck of goods salvaged risked fines. Scavenged goods include several BMW R1200RT motorcycles, empty wine casks, nappies, perfume, and car parts. After initially tolerating a "salvage" free-for-all, by 23 January the police had branded the activity of scavengers "despicable", closed the beach, and announced that they would use powers not used for 100 years to force people to return goods they had salvaged without informing the authorities, pointing out that under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 such actions constituted an offence equivalent to theft.
Well, we don't really go for riots or hurricanes here, you've gotta take your chances when they occur! Think along the lines of Whisky Galore!


jinx  Monday Sep 28 10:49 AM

Or Doritos...



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A cargo container that apparently fell from a ship washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Thursday and spilled thousands of bags of Doritos brand tortilla chips on the beach. People collected the chips, which were apparently still fresh due to their airtight packaging. It was unknown which ship had lost the cargo or to what port it was bound. Photo by Donna Barnett / special to The Virginian-Pilot



newtimer  Monday Sep 28 10:55 AM

Regarding the spilled cookies, how come they aren't surrounded by swarms of birds, rats, flies, and ants after sitting out there for so many hours?

I don't foresee that I'll be eating any Honduran phony cookies that nature's scavengers don't even recognize as real food.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 28 11:46 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
Those are some Loooong days!
Phony truck logs.

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
Regarding the spilled cookies, how come they aren't surrounded by swarms of birds, rats, flies, and ants after sitting out there for so many hours?
February, and huge human presence.


Tawny  Monday Sep 28 01:34 PM

What do they use alligator carcasses for here?

Is that what "imitation crab meat" really is?



Sundae  Monday Sep 28 02:30 PM

Crabsticks are reshaped white fish flesh (surimi.)
Only half as tasty as crab, but if you put them in front of me on a buffet I can't speak for my actions.

Never heard them called imitation crab meat, so we may be on different channels here.

I would imagine that alligator corpses make alligator goods.
And the meat goes into some form of food. Can't tell from the photo, but I guess the van was refrigerated. Still, I guess it's probably animal feed anyway - animals are usually killed and processed on site when it comes to human consumption. Slightly educated conjecture, feel free to correct me.

With your alligator skin whip

FWIW - alligator comes from el lagarto. The lizard in Spanish. But my ex and I heard the story from a Cuban (in Cuba, so not a big surprise.) For years we believed that the original name for an alligator was legga-TEUR. I prefer it still.



jinx  Monday Sep 28 02:46 PM

It's the same here SG, ground up/reformed white fish, usually pollock. It comes in different forms here, not just krab sticks. The chunk kind is used in seafood salad along with those sea-monkey sized shrimp. There's also fake scallop and fake lobster varieties.

Tastes ok to me unless it's heated. I hate it when they put it in chinese food.

And I think gator is yummy but haven't had it in a very long time. A seafood restaurant in Paoli used to serve it...



Spexxvet  Monday Sep 28 02:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Crabsticks are reshaped white fish flesh (surimi.)
...
Around here, I mostly see Louis Kemps imitation crab meat, which is mainly pollock.


Sundae  Monday Sep 28 02:51 PM

Cheers for the info Jinx & Spex

Crabsticks below.
Scale: about as long as a female index finger, but thicker:

ETA - turns out the supermarkets call them seafood sticks now. Probably forced to be more accurate by the European Union. We still eat them because they're cheap. But it's a sad come-down for the 'rents - the East End of London used to be alive with seafood. Even I grew up in a time when seafood was sold in pubs by women with baskets - imagine an usherette or cigarette girl, but with cockles, mussels, whelks and crab claws. Or indeed outside them - a family member of ours had a seafood stall outside a pub.

I nearly bought jellied eels the other day, only to come home with mussels and have Dad say he never liked them (eels, and well as mussels! though Mum says he used to like both and out of the two she has the better memory)



sweetwater  Monday Sep 28 04:02 PM

At least my curiosity is satisfied as to what those trucks were carrying. I'm always intrigued by large, lumpy, roped down objects on truck when they are covered by tarps and things. I want to pull them over and say, "What is it? What? Tell me!" but alas, I am left in the dark. Never would have suspected Doritos.



Pie  Monday Sep 28 05:15 PM

Question for BrianR: What's the strangest thing you had to haul?



Elspode  Tuesday Sep 29 06:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston View Post
…and there's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut!
Nice. You can never have too many Firesign Theater references, IMHO.


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