French fries scattered across I-15 after semi-trailer crash
Jun 18, 2023, 5:17 PM | Updated: Jun 19, 2023, 5:37 am
PROVO, Utah — Millions of french fries spilled across Interstate 15 Sunday afternoon, causing a traffic nightmare for drivers and first responders.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Devyn Gurney told KSL TV that a semi-trailer hauling french fries rolled over, scattering the cut potatoes across I-15 near 1450 North.
“It scattered french fries across four lanes on the southbound side and an additional two lanes on the northbound side,” Gurney said.
Police believe the truck lost control, causing the unexpected accident.
“It appears that the semi-truck drifted across the lanes to the left, collided with a barrier here. The inside barrier,” Gurney explained.
When the truck hit the inside barrier, it also hit a light pole, which acted like a knife and cut the tuck’s trailer open like a baked potato. That’s how hundreds of boxes filled with dozens of bags got out.
Gurney said cleanup took several hours, and traffic was backed up for miles on both sides of I-15. But the amazing part was even though that truck drifted across several lanes, slamming into the barrier and left a trail of boxes longer than a Cheesecake Factory menu — no one was hurt.
“There were a few other vehicles that were damaged by the debris, but not the accident itself. We were very lucky with that.”
All lanes reopened early Monday morning after several hours of cleanup.