Booze, Honey, Milk and Other Unfortunate Big Rig Spills on Southern California Freeways

Southern California traffic can be a headache, but it can get downright brutal – and sometimes weird – when highways and byways are shut down due to a big rig spill. See photos of milk, honey, lemons and other items that have splashed across freeways.

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California Highway Patrol
A man driving a big rig lost control of the truck, causing the vehicle to crash into a block wall on Friday, June 21, 2019. The impact caused the trailer to open, spilling its load of Earth Balance butter spread onto the onramp in Banning.
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California Highway Patrol
A man driving a big rig lost control of the truck, causing the vehicle to crash into a block wall on Friday, June 21, 2019. The impact caused the trailer to open, spilling its load of Earth Balance butter spread onto the onramp in Banning.
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A man driving a big rig lost control of the truck, causing the vehicle to crash into a block wall on Friday, June 21, 2019. The impact caused the trailer to open, spilling its load of Earth Balance butter spread onto the onramp in Banning.
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NBC Los Angeles
Boxes of beer are scattered on and below a freeway overpass Thursday March 7, 2019.
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KNBC-TV
A big rig full of 20,000 pounds of cooked chicken flipped in the Downey area by the 605 and 5 Freeways Nov. 2, 2018.
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KNBC-TV
A big rig full of 20,000 pounds of cooked chicken flipped in the Downey area by the 605 and 5 Freeways Nov. 2, 2018.
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KNBC-TV
A big rig full of 20,000 pounds of cooked chicken flipped in the Downey area by the 605 and 5 Freeways Nov. 2, 2018.
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OnScene.TV
A big rig overturned down an embankment on the 5 Freeway in Orange County on Sunday, March 25, 2018, spilling an entire load of McDonald's french fries.
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NBC 7
Boxes of cheese spilled onto the 5 Freeway early Friday Jan. 26, 2018 after a fiery big rig crash in Sun Valley.
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KNBC-TV
A tanker carrying 6,200 gallons of milk overturned Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 on the 5 Freeway in Burbank.
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A big rig crash spilled lemons across State Route 126 near Santa Clarita on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. See more photos here.
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Courtesy: Caltrans
Hundreds of 24-ounce cans of Bud Light spilled out of a semi-truck when it overturned on the 91 Freeway in Riverside Monday, June 29, 2015. See more photos here.
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Caltrans via Twitter
Three lanes were blocked on the westbound 134 Freeway right before the evening commute after a forklift fell off a big rig on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. See the story here.
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Celery and lettuce were spilled on the eastbound 210 Freeway near La Canada Flintridge when a big rig overturned, prompting CHP to shut down all lanes on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. See the story here.
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Vanessa Ruiz
An overturned big rig sent shattered glass across a major freeway interchange near downtown Los Angeles Monday, May 18, 2015. See the story here.
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KNBC-TV
A crash involving a big rig carrying molasses closed part of the East LA Interchange Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. See the story here.
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A big rig hauling 42,000 pounds of honey created "one sweet mess" when it overturned on the 605 Freeway on Monday, March 24, 2014, forcing the closure of four lanes through the city of Industry. See the story here.
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Carrots littered a Lake Los Angeles street after a big rig and a sedan crashed Monday, March, 17, 2014. See the story here.
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KNBC-TV
A tanker truck carrying milk overturned Monday Oct. 7, 2013 on a freeway transition road near downtown Los Angeles. See the story here.
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KNBC-TV
A truck transporting avocados spilled its cargo onto the southbound 5 Freeway Tuesday, Aug.6, 2013, causing a traffic backup in the Pacoima area. See the story here.
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OnScene
Lanes were shut on the southbound 5 Freeway near Arleta after a collision involving a semi and pick-up truck spilled 27,000 pounds of gravel on Saturday, June 25, 2016. See the story here.
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