They tell you to be careful of the white stuff while driving in winter in Missouri. You just never expect the white stuff to be mayonnaise.
The Kansas City Star reports that a tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 44 outside Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday left the highway coated in 40,000 pounds of mayo. Nobody was hurt in the crash that saw Springfield police close the eastbound lanes of the interstate for several hours to allow the mayo slick to be cleaned up.
The Missouri highway system is halfway to a sandwich -- last month a truck tipped on the Interstate 435 ramp, letting several dozen pigs loose on the highway. Livestock is certainly an issue, but mayo in cold temperatures is a real problem as Lt. Scott Leven told The Springfield News-Leader.
"It's like walking on ice," Leven said.
The Missouri Department of Transportation can be seen using bulldozers to clear the highway of mayonnaise containers in the above NBC Action News footage. Incredibly, it's not even the first time this year, that MoDOT was called upon to clean up a mayo spill. Back in October of last year, hundreds of mayonnaise jars were spilled on I-435.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. But if you would, just take a moment this morning to think about all the potential ranch dressing that was lost on Saturday.
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