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Originally published Monday, October 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

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Overturned truck spills food on highway in Tacoma

A truck loaded with food that overturned on Highway 16 in Tacoma split open as workers were trying to right it, spilling 45,000 pounds of chocolate, ice cream, hot dogs and deli meats.

TACOMA, Wash. —

A truck loaded with food that overturned on Highway 16 in Tacoma split open as workers were trying to right it, spilling 45,000 pounds of chocolate, ice cream, hot dogs and deli meats.

A Transportation Department spokeswoman in Olympia, Karri Workman, says workers loaded the food in dump trucks Monday as they worked to clear the highway. She said the food probably would go to waste.

Only minor injuries were reported in the accident at 4:45 a.m. when the semi-truck tipped over on a car on the curve from eastbound Highway 16 to northbound Interstate 5. The car driver reportedly was able to slide to the passenger side as the truck cab crushed the driver's side of the car.

The accident backed up commuter traffic from Gig Harbor for miles.

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