NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.
Two tractor-trailers collided Thursday on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas, causing one to spill hundreds of mini-bottles of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey on the highway.
Over the past year, Arkansas drivers have endured a veritable feast spilled on their roadways. Trucks carrying bourbon, frozen pizzas, pasta sauce and gin have all dumped their wares on the asphalt.
Arkansas Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle says investigators are still looking into the cause of Thursday’s wreck, which occurred some 10 miles east of here, and which caused major delays in both directions for a few hours and closed the westbound lanes for some 12 hours.
Straessle said one truck’s cab caught fire and at least one person was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
It’s at least the third time alcohol has been spilled on I-40 in less than a year.
Whiskey spilled onto the highway in Lonoke County on August 2, and an 18-wheeler on March 2 lost a load of Seagram’s gin at the Interstate 40 westbound interchange to Interstate 540 in Sebastian County.
Another central Arkansas highway — Interstate 30 — was the scene of a crash that spilled frozen pizzas across the lanes last August.
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