Highway in Poland Shut Down After Truck Overturns and Spills Liquid Chocolate Onto Road

This video grab taken from Polish private TVN channel shows hot chocolate poured out over the A2 highway between Wrzesnia and Slupca near Poznan, western Poland, after a the truck transporting the sweet freight crashed through a traffic barrier on May 9, 2018. – After flipping over, the tanker came to rest across lanes, blocking traffic in both directions, police said. The driver was hospitalised with a broken arm. Passing vehicles left chocolate tire marks across several kilometres before authorities closed down the highway. (Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Drivers in western Poland were caught in a sticky mess on Wednesday after a tanker carrying liquid chocolate overturned and spilled its contents onto the road.

All four lanes of the highway connecting the city of Poznan to Warsaw were covered by the brown goo, footage from the news network TVN24 and social media showed.

It was not immediately clear why the truck, which local reports said had been carrying 12 tons of chocolate, overturned. But it ended up lying across the road, obstructing lanes in both directions.

As the chocolate dried under a mild spring sun, long lines of traffic grew on either side of the spill, and the authorities said it would probably be hours before the road was usable again.

“We have to remove the truck from the highway first,” Marlena Kukawka, a media officer for the police in the small town of Slupca, near where the spillage occurred, said in a phone interview. “It will take a few hours or more,” she said about the cleanup.

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SOURCE: New York Times, Palko Karasz