This list of weird cargo spills is full of nasty, funny, and just plain weird truck spill incidents. These crazy truck spills are fascinating stories that will make you glad you weren’t stuck in traffic behind any of these trucks. Some of them are shocking while others are confusing but they all have one thing in common: they’re all true. The weirdest things that spilled on highways are listed here – everything from animals and insects, to foods and every day items.
These cargo incidents range from the 2,200 baby pigs who spilled out of a truck in Ohio to the 80,000 pounds of Christmas ham that fell out of a truck in Georgia. Fresh fish, anyone? How about 600 mackerel or hundreds of live crabs in China? If you don’t want the real thing, then check out the 29,000 rubber duckies that fell out of a boat. If you’re in the market for just about anything, check your local traffic report. Maybe some, or even thousands, of what you need recently spilled right out onto the roadway.
A lot of these cargo spills and car accidents, which have led to wacky things falling out of trucks, make for wild stories and we have the photos to prove it. Upvote the craziest truck spill stories below, and remember to pass semi trucks with great caution, or you might end up under a pile of Porta Potty waste.
29,000 Rubber Duckies
29,000 plastic yellow ducks manufactured by Friendly Floatee toys departed from Hong Kong on a container ship in 1992. However, there was a cargo spill and the ducks ended up falling out of the boat. This mass release led to a mass dispersion of the rubber duckies, which found themselves all over the place, including in the Gulf of Alaska and elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
Slime Eels Coat An Oregon Road
A spill of a creepy, slimy creatures – better known as hagfish – caused a traffic jam in Oregon. It also caused nightmares for the unsuspecting drivers who happened to get doused in the eels while driving down the road.
According to the Washington Post, 3.4 tons of hagfish spilled along an Oregon highway in July 2017. The shipment was bound for Korea – where eels are considered a delicacy. The spill coated cars in water, eels, and – most disgustingly – eel slime. A small bulldozer had to clear the road of eels. So. Gross.
One Exploding Whale
In one of the craziest cargo spills ever, pedestrians and cars were covered in bloody whale guts when a whale exploded in Tainan, Taiwan in 2004. The dead sperm whale was being transported to a research center when the incident occurred
Two Million Euros
This is a get rich quick scheme that nobody prepared for. Two million euros were up for grabs when a truck overturned in southern Italy. In this twisted version of The Italian Job, highway workers were collecting euro coins – that’s right, coins – all over the ground. They think they lost at least 10,000 euros to lucky passing motorists.
Source: Daily Mail
2,200 Baby Pigs
Welcome to Ohio, where 2,200 piglets might fall out of a truck at any moment. This truck spill reached animalistic proportions when the load, carrying over 2,000 piglets, emptied onto the side of the road. Some of them fled the scene and escaped before authorities arrived, which probably inspired the film Babe: Pig in the City.
Source: USA Today
In September 2014 in Surrey, someone was in a rush to get their veggies. There was a truck on the highway carrying a massive load (repeat: MASSIVE LOAD) of green beans. That’s when it tipped over, covering the ground in the very healthy and very green vegetables.
Source: Huffington Post
100 Litres of Paint
In Halifax, Novia Scotia, over 100 litres of paint spilled out of the back of a pickup truck as it was crossing a bridge. This was particularly rough for the Bridge Commission, as it resulted in 400 feet worth of paint sprawled across the bridge. Unfortunately, no Canadians had been asking for a paint job, so it took a while for industrial cleaners to fix the mess.
Source: CTV News
35,000 Pounds of Ice Cream
35,000 pounds of Kroger Deluxe brand ice cream spilled out of a semi-tractor trailer when it overturned in Indianapolis in 2013. A ramp was closed on the interstate because of the spill, and though it might have been delicious, it was an expensive and unfortunate accident for all parties involved.
Beer and Chips (In Florida, Naturally)
When semi-trucks collide in Florida, what do you think spills? In March, two trucks – one carrying Busch beer and the other filled with Frito-Lay products – collided on I-95, spilling beer and chips all over the roadway, shutting down southbound lanes. Neither driver was hurt and any lucky passersby might have been able to get a free night of couch potato laziness.
An Obscene Amount of Potatoes
On June 10, 2015, near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., a truck full of potatoes overturned. The driver was reportedly being investigated, in case he was asleep, but the potatoes were the real victims here. Lanes of traffic were closed by the police because of the incident, which would have singlehandedly solved the Irish Potato Famine.
Source: NBC News
80,000 Pounds of Ham (and Fuel)
In Georgia, the Grinch who stole Christmas was apparently driving a ham truck. In December of 2013, an overturned truck spilled 80,000 lbs of Christmas hams. What a waste!
Source: Fox Atlanta
When you see a bunch of fish just in a pile on the side of the road, what do you do? You take them home and eat them obviously, prompting your government to warn the entire population about the sanitation concerns that comes with this particular territory.
Such was the case in Belfast, Ireland in January 2015, when hundreds and hundreds of mackerel spilled out of a “lorry” (that’s UK for “truck”). Reportedly, the fish fell out without the driver’s knowledge.
Three Tons Of Gold Bars
In March 2018, an aircraft that belonged to a private mining company had a notable runway accident in Siberia. The plane was carrying nine tons of doré bars, an expensive brand of gold. The cargo was worth roughly $368 million, but disaster ensued when the strong Siberian winds knocked open a hatch door. One third of the cargo spilled onto the runway. While the lost profits probably made the company cringe, the gold dotting the runway was certainly pretty to look at.
75,000 Pounds of Crab Meat
In Summer 2013, a semi-truck driving near Salt Lake City spilled seven tons of crab meat worth up to $176,000, all over a local freeway. The truck overturned when it struck a sign post, leading to a whole bunch of lucky bystanders, who made off with a crab dinner.
Source: The Daily Meal
$70,000 Worth of Bull Semen
A Nashville interstate was completely shut down when a Greyhound bus crashed in 2011. What came tumbling out? Over $70,000 worth of frozen bull semen, of course! Nashville police and fire officials arrived on the scene to find the leaking canisters that smelled truly weird and truly awful.
Source: NY Daily News
Thousands of Oranges
In an amazing opportunity to make fresh orange juice, San Diego was shocked by a truck spill in September 2014. A truck’s trailer overturned on a street and, when California Highway Patrol arrived, they found thousands upon thousands of oranges littered all over the road.
13.7 Million Bees
A portion of a highway near Seattle, WA was shut down in 2015 when 13.7 million bees spilled out across the road. The truck carrying all the bees suffered an accident, causing the spill, and people were encouraged to stay away from the scene. In addition to the normal authorities that respond to accidents, many Beekeepers came on the scene in addition to fire trucks and volunteers.
Source: CBS News
12 Tons Of Chocolate
On May 9, 2018, a four lane highway in Poland closed due to a tanker that overturned. The truck was carrying 12 tons of liquid chocolate, which quickly oozed out onto the sidewalk. The cleanup involved firefighters using streams of hot water to wash away the brown, gooey chocolate oozing onto the road.
On Staten Island in 2014, a truck overturned on the expressway, spilling a huge load of pineapples, causing major traffic delays and shutting down the highway for several hours. A second car was also involved and though one driver was treated for minor injuries, no one was seriously harmed.
Source: NBC News
A Trailer Full of Salmon Guts
It’s fair to say the people of Ilwaco, WA weren’t in the mood for lox on October 26, 2012, when a semi-truck with a tractor full of salmon heads and guts spilled all over the road. The truck was carrying the nasty stuff en route to a cat food factory (think about that next time you open up a can of wet food), but the cats ultimately lost out on this delicious meal thanks to Washington State Patrol Troopers.
Source: NBC News
Hundreds of Boxes of Ramen Noodles
A college slacker’s nightmare was realized when traffic was shutdown in a Ramen-related incident. In January 2015, a truck ran off the road in North Carolina and hit a highway bridge, leading to hundreds upon hundreds of boxes of Ramen Noodles spilling out just everywhere.
Sorry, college frat bros, but this was a real waste of bad beer. Cases upon cases of Keystone Light spilled across Colorado Highway 58 on May 13, 2008, when semi-tractor trailer overturned and the load of beer rolled out onto the road. The driver wasn’t seriously injured and nobody got drunk.
Source: Denver Post