Every day truckers work tirelessly to deliver the goods that support and enrich our lives. Almost everything we touch, reached us thanks to a trucker, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the devices that we treasure, but trucking spills happen.
Every year, the trucking industry hauls an estimated 9 billion tons of freight over a distance of 169 billion miles, according to The Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Not all of it is plain sailing.
According to the Department of Transportation, there are about 415,000 crashes a year in the U.S. And in a few of these cases, the cargo “escapes” before reaching its destination.
Atlas Obscura has mapped the truck spills in the US in 2016. The map gives a good idea of the diversity of goods that are transported on our roads every day. Just about anything you can imagine from pigs to port-a-potties, and from ice cream to molten metal, was spilled on U.S. roads last year. Here’s what landed where in 2016…
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