10 Most Bizarre Cargo Spills
1Tons of Mackerel
22,184 cases of Beer
NOTE: According to our reader Ken, the accident ocurred in the Netherlands.
Below is the article translated by our lovely reader kh:
An accident involving two freight trucks has ensured that the N36 between Mariënberg and Hardenberg had to be closed for several hours to all traffic. For over a hundred meters, the wayside (or the road) was littered with broken glass, beer crates and bottles, police said.
The reason was two cars collided around one o'clock. One of the trucks was transporting beer and swerved. Despite this, the driver was unharmed. The other driver took off and continued to drive his truck away. He later was stopped in Almelo.
The cleanup activities took several hours. The road was reopened to all traffic an hour ago.
Two people were reportedly taken to the hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening. However, doctors did diagnose them with a case of “full stomach syndrome.”
4A Ton of Cocaine
529,000 Rubber Ducks
During their voyage, some of the ducks broke away and headed for Europe - others have surfaced in Hawaii. The ducks were among 350 containers which rolled off a ship in high seas; environmentalists are now trying to use their amazing journey to highlight the problem of overboard cargo.
640,000 lbs of Ice Cream
The spill was expected to take as long as six hours to clean up completely. Oddee's editor would have been glad to help.
714 Million Bees
A truck was hauling the bees from California to North Dakota when the driver veered off onto the shoulder, tipping more than 400 hive boxes and honey. Crews worked for two days before removing all the honey from the roadway, although deputies say a significant amount of bees were still buzzing.
That's what I call a sticky situation.
They were a strange mix of shoes... work boots, slippers, sneakers, sandals, even roller blades. A private contractor was hired to pick up the shoes and dump them in an empty field (weird). Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization, was expected to pick them up and distribute them, probably in Haiti. If anyone does come forward they will be charged for the cleanup.
The shoes had, what seemed to be, yard sale price tags on them.
9$80,000 of Bull Semen
A Greyhound bus ticket found near the vats alerted emergency crews as to who was responsible for their transportation, and it's understood the bus carrying the canisters was totally unaware of its lost cargo. Experts in cattle breeding and artificial insemination estimated that the four canisters were worth up to $80,000 US (£48,000).
10Two million Euros in Coins
Local police said that it was impossible to establish how much money had been stolen, as many of the €1 and €2 coins remained in piles on the highway. But motorists acting quickly before police arrived made off with at least € 10,000. The truck's driver and one passenger had suffered minor injuries. The truck was carrying the money from the Italian mint to local banks.
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