Truck carrying 150,000 tomatoes crashes along busy highway, causing multiple accidents

for Tv47 Digital August 30, 2022, 05:40 PM
Tomatoes truck accident California
The accident happened along a highway in California, U.S at around 5am on Monday. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The accident happened along Interstate 80 in Vacaville, California, United States. 
  • One person broke his leg in the ensuing seven-vehicle pile-up. 

A truck accident along a Californian highway painted the asphalt red as 150,000 tomatoes scattered across and were ground by other passing vehicles into a pulp.

The accident happened at about 5 a.m on Monday August 30, reports the 'New York Times'.

 “More than 150,000 tomatoes were scattered across the heavily trafficked Interstate 80 in Vacaville, Calif., after a big rig that had been transporting them collided with a vehicle and swerved, striking another vehicle before driving into the centre median,” reports the newspaper.

The slippery pulp led to an accident involving at least seven vehicles. PHOTO | COURTESY

California Highway Patrol officer Jason Tyhurst said the red mass from the tomatoes seemed to be about “two feet deep.”

It was still dark when the accident happened and drivers failed to detect the tomatoes and drove over them, “essentially creating a gooey concoction of watery tomato juice, oil and dirt.”

One car became stuck on the slippery roadway and then was struck by another vehicle, said the patrol officer. The tomatoes quickly caused a chain reaction of crashes. In total, seven cars were involved in the crash. Three people, including the driver of the truck, had minor injuries, and a fourth was hospitalised with a broken leg, reports the 'Times'.

“We don’t see that amount of tomatoes fall off a truck and close a highway,” said Vince Jacala, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation said. “Like, usually it’s a couple here and there.”


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