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Truck spills 40k pounds of broccoli across Atlanta freeway

Ashley Coker

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About 40,000 pounds of broccoli was scattered across a metro Atlanta freeway after a truck overturned earlier this month. The broccoli was not met with the same zeal from passersby as last month’s frozen chicken spill.

After a truck spilled chicken tenders across an Alabama highway, local law enforcement officials had to issue a statement urging people to quit stopping to collect the frozen foul off the roadway–presumably for dinner.

This time, no one tried to take the broccoli home as a side dish. They did, however, good heartedly mock the vegetable on social media.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution post about the incident garnered plenty of comments.

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Some commenters expressed dismay that the spilled load wasn’t tastier

Others seemed to be hoping for something to jazz up the broccoli a little bit.

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Then there were those that seemed to be transported back to bad childhood memories by the news.

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Not all commenters were craving broccoli and cheese or channeling bad childhood memories, however. Plenty of people also commented to mourn the fate of their favorite food.

While the spill inspired some fun on Facebook, it did create a headache for those attempting to navigate Interstate-75.

Only the truck was involved in the crash. No information was available on the driver’s condition or what may have contributed to the crash.

Chris Henry

Chris Henry has spent his entire 20-year career in transportation. In 2014, he founded the online motor carrier benchmarking service StakUp. As a result of a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in 2015, StakUp was rebranded as inGauge and Henry became the program manager for the TCA Profitability Program (TPP), an exclusive benchmarking initiative that includes more than 230 motor carrier participants throughout North America. Since joining the program, participation in TPP has grown over 300%. In June 2019, StakUp was acquired by FreightWaves and Henry became its vice president of carrier profitability, in addition to his role with TPP. Henry earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor of commerce degree from Nipissing University.