Wonderful Engineering

A River Of Chocolate Flows On Arizona Highway After A Traffic Incident

Everyone loves to get a bite of the chocolate, right? How would you feel if we told you that there’s a whole river of chocolate flowing on Arizona Highway following a traffic incident? A tanker carrying about 40,000 pounds of liquid chocolate on Monday rolled over on the interstate close to Flagstaff, Arizona. The incident left a river of incredibly delicious chocolate liquid all over the road. The accident involving only the tanker took place on Interstate 40.

Owing to the accident, some lanes were blocked while the crew worked to tackle the chocolate mess. Luckily no one was injured in the accident, however; the clean-up took approximately four hours for completion.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a tweet, ‘There is a river of chocolate blocking/flowing in the westbound lanes of I-40 at milepost 211, east of Flagstaff. This will be a sweet cleanup!’ As per the bill of lading that was reviewed by the DPS, the tanker was carrying about 3,500 gallons of 120-degree liquid chocolate.

Bart Graves, Arizona DPS Media Relations Specialist, said, ‘A latch that connects the main truck with the trailer detached, causing the tanker to roll over. The tanker was heavily damaged in the rear so we had (to) pump out the liquid into the median so the tanker could be lifted onto a tow truck.’

Fortunately, the liquid is biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about the mess lingering on. According to DPS, the driver was not cited for the accident. We wonder if the liquid chocolate was eatable or not. If it was, the clean-up would definitely have been a sweet clean-up! Jokes apart, we are more than glad that no one was hurt during the traffic incident and that the spilled liquid is biodegradable and therefore, doesn’t pose any threat.