Traffic yam: Tractor-trailer involved in accident spills potatoes on interstate

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Motorists on a northeastern Florida interstate were forced to do a slow burn on Wednesday when a tractor-trailer involved in a crash spilled a load of potatoes on side of the highway, authorities said.

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“Traffic yam ahead,” the Florida Highway Patrol tweeted after the incident, which shut down northbound lanes on Interstate 95 for nearly three hours.

Troopers from Troop G based out of Jacksonville said that two tractor-trailers collided at mile marker 307 in St. Johns County southwest of St. Augustine. Two passenger vehicles were also involved in the mash-up near State Road 206, the highway patrol said.

According to the highway patrol, there were no injuries in the incident. However, motorists baked in the Florida heat -- the temperatures reached into the mid-80s -- and traffic had to be rerouted from the interstate to State Road 206, the FHP said.

“We have ‘mashed’ together resources to clear the roadway as quickly as possible,” troopers added in a tweet.

“Spud-tacular job with getting traffic flowing again!” the FHP tweeted as it continued peeling off a steady stream of puns.