Alfredo Spills On Memphis Road Clogs Traffic, Not Arteries

A semi-truck spills alfredo sauce on Interstate 55 near Memphis, Tennessee, on Aug. 30. The messy and apparently smelly wreck forced the closure of several lanes of traffic until the crew could clear things up. One woman had to go to the hospital but was not in critical condition.

The Semi reportedly hit the median barrier. The cause of the collision was unclear, based on local news reports. The video above shows that part of the side of the trailer was ripped open. This big hole is the cause of the sauce jug spilling onto the street.

The collision disrupted traffic around Memphis. The crew closed all southbound lanes during the cleanup, so vehicles had to use the shoulder of the road to get around. Several jars of gravy went into the north side of the highway, blocking the two lanes there.

The first reports of the incident came in at 4:43 p.m. local time, according to local WREG news. This means interstate lines are closed during rush hour.

If you’re not familiar with it, Alfredo sauce is a mixture of butter, cheese and cream. All that milk will go bad and start to smell quickly, especially at high temperatures 86 degrees Fahrenheit in Memphis on August 20. Plus, the video shows that greasy stuff sticks to the hot asphalt, making cleaning challenging. And, those problems are on top of the danger of a vehicle hitting a shattered glass jar.

In terms of how bad it smells, this incident likely rivals the 30,000 pound carcass of a frozen TV dinner that spilled onto Interstate 80 near Placer County, California, in 2019.

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