Lorry Overturns In Poland Spilling Melted Chocolate Over Highway
A lorry in Poland has overturned on a motorway, spilling 24 tons of melted chocolate onto the road - the stuff of dreams or nightmares, depending on if you're a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person.
Private broadcaster TVN24 reported from the site saying that the driver had been taken to hospital with a broken arm, but that fortunately no one else was hurt.
However, before you book the first flight over to Poland armed only with a giant straw, you may be too late, as officials said that the liquid chocolate soon started to solidify as it cooled. They added that the only way to remove it would be to get a large quantity of hot water to melt it away.
"It will take several hours," local firefighter chief Bogdan Kowalski told TVN24.
"Once it hardens, chocolate's worse than snow."
Marlena Kukawka, a media officer for the police in Slupca (near to where the spillage took place) also agreed that it wouldn't be an easy task.
"We have to remove the truck from the highway first," she explained.
"It will take a few hours or more."
According to Kukawka, the truck belonged to a company from the south of Poland, and the driver - thought to be aged around 60 - was being treated for minor injuries. However, it was unclear where the lorry was headed.
Kukawka added that the stretch of highway rarely sees road accidents, and that the unfortunate chocolate spillage was definitely a first.
A cleaning crew armed with shovels, an excavator and hot water pressure washers arrived on the scene and began to chip away at the solid chocolate, eventually removing the devastating spillage from the road.
The accident took place at around 5.30am when there was thankfully very little traffic, but photos reveal that the motorway railings were badly damaged.
The motorway between the western towns of Wrzesnia and Slupcawas also closed in both directions for several hours - with six lanes completely covered in brown liquid.
Videos and photos shared to social media show the chaos at the scene - not only revealing a river of murky brown liquid chocolate all over the road, but also queues of traffic tailing back along the highway.
Ugh, just think of 24 tons of chocolate being jet-washed away. This is a sad day for chocolate lovers, for sure.
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