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Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway

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This photo provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows the scene of a crash about 11 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona, where a tank trucker’s trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes of Interstate 40. (Associated Press: ARIZONA DOT)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker’s trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes of Interstate 40.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the wreck Monday about 11 miles east of Flagstaff required cleanup crews to pour most of the 40,000 gallons of chocolate into the highway median to lighten the damaged tanker so it could be towed away.

This photo shows a worker pouring gallons of chocolate that spilled from an overturned truck at the scene of the wreck about 11 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona. 

The chocolate was liquid because it was being stored in the tanker at 120 degrees

State Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says there were no injuries. The driver was not cited.

Clean-up crews poured most of the chocolate into the median in order to lighten the trailer’s load and allow a tow truck to haul it away, Graves said.

“The rear of the tanker was badly damaged and we had to make it lighter in order for the tow truck to haul it away,” Graves said.

The roadway was closed for about four hours while the road was cleared. Graves said it was fortunate the incident happened next to an off ramp, allowing officers to divert traffic off the highway.

 

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