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There's a Website for Everything, Including Truck Spills

February 6, 2011

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We've just heard of a website that displays incidents of freight spilled from tractor-trailers onto highways.

On January 2, 2009, shortly before 8:00 a.m., thousands of shoes mysteriously appeared on a Miami highway. Who spilled the shoes? Nobody knows. But they disrupted traffic on the Palmetto Expressway for hours.
On January 2, 2009, shortly before 8:00 a.m., thousands of shoes mysteriously appeared on a Miami highway. Who spilled the shoes? Nobody knows. But they disrupted traffic on the Palmetto Expressway for hours.

We all know it happens, but the sheer variety of products that are suddenly and inconveniently bared to the public is still surprising.

Go to www.truckspills.com and you'll see all sorts of cargo, from alligators to a Zamboni machine and a bunch of stuff in between: honey bees, cash, flour, livestock, animal parts, milk, new cars, peanuts, road deicer, and even a rig that ran away after being righted following a tipover.

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Caution: The photos and videos will steal hours of your time, and some are unpleasant, so click only the ones that you can stomach. We thank Ed DeYoe, a writer for Heavy Duty Trucking many years ago, for alerting us to the site.

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Author Bio

Tom Berg

Senior Editor

Journalist since 1965, truck writer and editor since 1978. CDL-qualified; conducts road tests on new heavy-, medium- and light-duty tractors and trucks. Specializes in vocational and hybrid vehicles.

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