This list of weird cargo spills is full of nasty, funny, and just plain weird truck spill incidents. These crazy truck spills are fascinating stories that will make you glad you weren’t stuck in traffic behind any of these trucks. Some of them are shocking while others are confusing but they all have one thing in common: they’re all true. The weirdest things that spilled on highways are listed here – everything from animals and insects, to foods and every day items.
These cargo incidents range from the 2,200 baby pigs who spilled out of a truck in Ohio to the 80,000 pounds of Christmas ham that fell out of a truck in Georgia. Fresh fish, anyone? How about 600 mackerel or hundreds of live crabs in China? If you don’t want the real thing, then check out the 29,000 rubber duckies that fell out of a boat. If you’re in the market for just about anything, check your local traffic report. Maybe some, or even thousands, of what you need recently spilled right out onto the roadway.
29,000 Rubber Duckies
Slime Eels Coat An Oregon Road
A spill of a creepy, slimy creatures – better known as hagfish – caused a traffic jam in Oregon. It also caused nightmares for the unsuspecting drivers who happened to get doused in the eels while driving down the road.
According to the Washington Post, 3.4 tons of hagfish spilled along an Oregon highway in July 2017. The shipment was bound for Korea – where eels are considered a delicacy. The spill coated cars in water, eels, and – most disgustingly – eel slime. A small bulldozer had to clear the road of eels. So. Gross.
One Exploding Whale
Two Million Euros
Source: Daily Mail
2,200 Baby Pigs
Welcome to Ohio, where 2,200 piglets might fall out of a truck at any moment. This truck spill reached animalistic proportions when the load, carrying over 2,000 piglets, emptied onto the side of the road. Some of them fled the scene and escaped before authorities arrived, which probably inspired the film Babe: Pig in the City.
Source: USA Today
In September 2014 in Surrey, someone was in a rush to get their veggies. There was a truck on the highway carrying a massive load (repeat: MASSIVE LOAD) of green beans. That’s when it tipped over, covering the ground in the very healthy and very green vegetables.
Source: Huffington Post
100 Litres of Paint
In Halifax, Novia Scotia, over 100 litres of paint spilled out of the back of a pickup truck as it was crossing a bridge. This was particularly rough for the Bridge Commission, as it resulted in 400 feet worth of paint sprawled across the bridge. Unfortunately, no Canadians had been asking for a paint job, so it took a while for industrial cleaners to fix the mess.
Source: CTV News
35,000 Pounds of Ice Cream
Beer and Chips (In Florida, Naturally)
An Obscene Amount of Potatoes
On June 10, 2015, near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., a truck full of potatoes overturned. The driver was reportedly being investigated, in case he was asleep, but the potatoes were the real victims here. Lanes of traffic were closed by the police because of the incident, which would have singlehandedly solved the Irish Potato Famine.
Source: NBC News
80,000 Pounds of Ham (and Fuel)
Source: Fox Atlanta
When you see a bunch of fish just in a pile on the side of the road, what do you do? You take them home and eat them obviously, prompting your government to warn the entire population about the sanitation concerns that comes with this particular territory.
Such was the case in Belfast, Ireland in January 2015, when hundreds and hundreds of mackerel spilled out of a “lorry” (that’s UK for “truck”). Reportedly, the fish fell out without the driver’s knowledge.
Three Tons Of Gold Bars
In March 2018, an aircraft that belonged to a private mining company had a notable runway accident in Siberia. The plane was carrying nine tons of doré bars, an expensive brand of gold. The cargo was worth roughly $368 million, but disaster ensued when the strong Siberian winds knocked open a hatch door. One third of the cargo spilled onto the runway. While the lost profits probably made the company cringe, the gold dotting the runway was certainly pretty to look at.
75,000 Pounds of Crab Meat
Source: The Daily Meal
$70,000 Worth of Bull Semen
Source: NY Daily News
Thousands of Oranges
In an amazing opportunity to make fresh orange juice, San Diego was shocked by a truck spill in September 2014. A truck’s trailer overturned on a street and, when California Highway Patrol arrived, they found thousands upon thousands of oranges littered all over the road.
13.7 Million Bees
A portion of a highway near Seattle, WA was shut down in 2015 when 13.7 million bees spilled out across the road. The truck carrying all the bees suffered an accident, causing the spill, and people were encouraged to stay away from the scene. In addition to the normal authorities that respond to accidents, many Beekeepers came on the scene in addition to fire trucks and volunteers.
Source: CBS News
12 Tons Of Chocolate
On May 9, 2018, a four lane highway in Poland closed due to a tanker that overturned. The truck was carrying 12 tons of liquid chocolate, which quickly oozed out onto the sidewalk. The cleanup involved firefighters using streams of hot water to wash away the brown, gooey chocolate oozing onto the road.
On Staten Island in 2014, a truck overturned on the expressway, spilling a huge load of pineapples, causing major traffic delays and shutting down the highway for several hours. A second car was also involved and though one driver was treated for minor injuries, no one was seriously harmed.
Source: NBC News
A Trailer Full of Salmon Guts
It’s fair to say the people of Ilwaco, WA weren’t in the mood for lox on October 26, 2012, when a semi-truck with a tractor full of salmon heads and guts spilled all over the road. The truck was carrying the nasty stuff en route to a cat food factory (think about that next time you open up a can of wet food), but the cats ultimately lost out on this delicious meal thanks to Washington State Patrol Troopers.
Source: NBC News
Hundreds of Boxes of Ramen Noodles
A college slacker’s nightmare was realized when traffic was shutdown in a Ramen-related incident. In January 2015, a truck ran off the road in North Carolina and hit a highway bridge, leading to hundreds upon hundreds of boxes of Ramen Noodles spilling out just everywhere.
Sorry, college frat bros, but this was a real waste of bad beer. Cases upon cases of Keystone Light spilled across Colorado Highway 58 on May 13, 2008, when semi-tractor trailer overturned and the load of beer rolled out onto the road. The driver wasn’t seriously injured and nobody got drunk.
Source: Denver Post