Truck accidents are a daily occurrence, but only a few times a year do they actually make headline news. The people at truckspills.com have done a great job of capturing all the details. After reviewing tons of stories, the Impact Lab team has selected these 10 as being the most interesting.
10.) Goat Spill: On July 6, 2006 a 32-foot long trailer truck carrying more than 400 goats crashed in San Rafael, Calif. 243 of the goats died. Apparently, the goats were in 4 levels of compartments, which collapsed during the crash.
9.) Glue Spill: On November 29, 2006 a semitrailer carrying large drums of glue spilled part of its load onto a state highway near Boston, causing the road to be closed for about three hours as crews worked to resolve the sticky situation.
8.) Chicken Parts Spill: Eww. This truck filled with animal parts (although it looks like mostly chickens) overturned on I-287 in Piscataway, NJ (year unkown). The animal parts were on their way to be made into pet food in Pennsylvania.
7.) Cocaine Spill: In Colombia, Bogota, on April 20, 2007, a truck overturned when it cornered a turn too fast, spilling almost a ton of cocaine on the highway. The cocaine was hidden in the walls and roof of the truck. The driver was not hurt, but was arrested. What was he thinking?
6.) Alligator Spill: 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.
5.) Beer Spill: Highway 401 in Mississaugua was closed on May 11, 2005 after an accident that spilled 2,184 cases of Grolsch beer. A woman driving a car, swerved out of her lane and into the path of a Molson beer truck, causing the truck to roll over and the car to flip. One officer described the scene as “a sea of beer”. The woman’s life was most likely saved by her seatbelt and airbag. The beer was a gonner.
4.) Pig Spill: On Sept 21, 2007, a truck carrying 160 pigs to a slaughterhouse overturned on I-215 in Las Vegas. 47 pigs died in the accident and most of the survivors were trapped inside for nearly three hours until another truck arrived to take the pigs and the truck could be uprighted. About a dozen pigs escaped through a crack in the roof of the trailer. Some injured pigs were euthanized at the scene.
3.) Animal Entrails Spill: This disgusting truck spill occurred on October 10, 2007, in Monticello, AR.The truck was hauling more than 500 pounds of decomposing animal entrails and hides, pig heads, and outdated processed meat. The driver slammed on his brakes on U.S. 425 and the disgusting contents of his trailer shifted forward and over the top. The road was closed for a half-hour and bystanders gagged while a 15-man crew cleaned up the smelly spill.
2.) Explosives Spill: 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.
1.) Exploding Whale Spill: A 56-foot, 60-ton sperm whale died on a beach in Taiwan in January, 2004. Researchers wanted the carcass to perform an autopsy and for research, so they loaded the whale onto a tractor-trailer and set out through the city of Tainan, heading for the Shi-Tsau Natural Preserve. It took 13 hours, three cranes and 50 workers to get the whale loaded on the truck. Unfortunately, on the way through the city, gasses built up to a critical level in the whale and it exploded, spewing whale guts in the street, on the cars and over pedestrians. According to witnesses, the smell was pretty bad. Residents and shop owners put on masks and tried to clean up the mess. Eventually the whale continued it’s journey to the research center.