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Maple Syrup Truck Accident Makes for a Sticky Situation in New Hampshire

A leaking maple syrup truck created a sticky situation in Keene, New Hampshire, when it spilled the sweet substance all over Route 101 on Monday, July 27. The truck was carrying about 220 gallons of maple syrup that had come from Vermont, according to Keene Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal. The accident occurred on Route 101 […]

Maple Syrup Truck Accident Makes for a Sticky Situation in New Hampshire

A leaking maple syrup truck created a sticky situation in Keene, New Hampshire, when it spilled the sweet substance all over Route 101 on Monday, July 27.

The truck was carrying about 220 gallons of maple syrup that had come from Vermont, according to Keene Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal. The accident occurred on Route 101 at the Winchester Street rotary around 12:50 p.m.

Firefighters had to squeegee the maple syrup off of the highway, then poured something similar to kitty litter on it to soak up what remained. The absorbent substance came from the Keene Fire Department, New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Keene Auto Body.

The cause of the accident was allegedly a shift in the truck, which was owned by Conway Transportation. This made the syrup begin to leak from the truck.

“It’s very slippery,” said Keene Fire Chief Mark Howard. “It’s very similar to oil being on [the road].”

Howard said he didn’t know the syrup’s origin other than that it was a Grade B maple syrup. The truck driver would not comment on the incident.

Most semi truck accidents aren’t quite as sweet as the one in Keene, though. Each year, they’re known to kill about 4,000 people on U.S. roadways.

This sweet surprise for Keene residents resulted in the closure of two of three traffic lanes while crews cleaned up the scene. It also closed the roundabout, where Routes 101, 12, 10 and 9 meet with Winchester Street.

In addition to using Speedy Dry, which is designed to absorb oil spills, firefighters and the DOT also used sand, which helped to cover the mess.

No one was harmed by the accident, according to news reports.

At least the accident didn’t draw any insects to the mess.

A report on People‘s website points out that it could have been worse had it collided with the truck carrying 400 hives’ worth of bees.

The accident, also involving a semi truck, occurred near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, this June and involved millions of bees, according to the Associated Press.

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