The sight of traffic stacking up on a weekday had to be a familiar one for the commuters and road-trippers plying Poland's major A2 highway on Wednesday. But as the minutes whipped by while the cars sat still, it had to dawn on them that something was different this time: This was no vanilla traffic jam.
And they were right. It was a chocolate one.
A tanker carrying at least a dozen tons of liquid chocolate flipped onto a highway median near Slupca, in western Poland. The driver survived, emerging with minor injuries and then being taken for treatment at a hospital. But the tanker's contents spilled across multiple lanes on both sides of the roadway, clogging the major artery with sugar.
As anyone acquainted with Willy Wonka probably suspected, this dreamlike river of chocolate grew rather complicated rather quickly for first responders.
Just take a gander at this footage shot by local media ... and try not to shudder when, about halfway through, you hear the sucking sounds the boots of the cleanup crew make when tramping through that thick layer of chocolatey muck.
It is a nasty looking accident scene, but just in appearance. It should not be a problem to wash off the road surface with fire department high pressure streams. Then for investigators to investigate the scene, photograph all evidence for later prosicution.
One thing is self evident, that certainly is a sweet road.