It caused a traffic yam.
A tractor-trailer carrying a whopping 25 tons of potatoes crashed on Interstate 77 in North Carolina Friday morning, spilling the spuds all over the road and leaving it closed for hours.
The truck driver, who fell asleep behind the wheel at around 2 a.m. on the highway in Charlotte, was sent to Carolinas Medical Center and is “expected to be OK,” according to WSOC.
A pair of men who were following the truck carrying potatoes witnessed the crash, which caused the engine of the trailer to be thrown out of the vehicle, and helped remove the driver safely.
“We stopped immediately and saw a guy try to crawl out of the cab,” Grant Wales, one of the rescuers, said. “Saw a lot fire going on, so I ran to him. His leg was pinned, tried pulling him out.”
No other cars were involved in the accident, which damaged a concrete barrier and guard rail.
“Thank the Lord he’s all right,” Garrett Bonacci, who also helped Wales get the driver out of the truck, said.
The crash caused long closures on I-77 as the cleanup, which involved separating unscathed potatoes from ones soaked in diesel fuel, proved time-consuming.