Video: Here’s What 40,000 Pounds of Burning Avocados on the Highway Look Like

December 28, 2017Dec 28, 2017

It’s really tempting to crack a guacamole pun, but a big rig crash involving 40,000 pounds of avocados was no joke for the first responders dealing with it and the massive line of commuters stuck behind it.

The 20 tons of vegetable-like fruit were being transported Thursday afternoon in a big rig along Interstate 35E in Ellis County, Texas, just south of Dallas. For unknown reasons, when the truck got between Waxahachie and Forreston, it crashed and burst into flames, according to NBC 5 News.

Needless to say, it caused quite a mess. The condition of the driver has not been released, according to ABC News.

The blaze, which happened around 12:15 p.m. Eastern, caused the northbound I-35E to be closed for hours. Video footage of the incident showed a long line of cars and big rigs backed up.


Closer-up footage showed firefighters climbing through a pile of avocados and boxes as they doused the smoldering fruit. The semi-trailer was melted into a V-shape by the fire’s intense heat.



Yuck! We sure hope the driver is alright. The Texas Department of Public Safety suspects mechanical issues with the truck may have been the cause of the incident, KHOU is reporting. Take a look at the video footage below:

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