Food Fracas: Flaming Cheese and Frozen Soda Close Roadways in PA and Norway!

1-25 Drive Soda PicFirst the “FonDON’T,” a truckload of burning cheese cut off traffic to a Norwegian road tunnel for six days as the highly-flammable delicacy smoldered.

“Some 27 metric tons of flaming brown cheese (brunost), a Norwegian delicacy, blocked off a three-km (1.9 mile) tunnel near the northern coastal town of Narvik when it caught fire last Thursday,” according to the Reuters report.

“This high concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot enough,” Viggo Berg, a policeman told Reuters.
“I didn’t know that brown cheese burns so well,” added Kjell Bjoern Vinje at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. According to Vinje, in his 15 years on the job, this was the first time cheese had caught fire on Norwegian roads.

Luckily, no one was injured and the accident had happened close to one of the tunnel’s exits. The tunnel will be closed for repairs for at least a week, maybe two.

In another traffic meltdown – well, actually this one’s a freeze up – two tractor trailers collided in Reading, PA on Wednesday, according to the Reading Eagle. The one carrying soda split and dumped hundreds of gallons of the stuff onto Route 422.

The accident was on a bridge, and we all know that bridges freeze before roads, so I bet you can guess what happened between the 12:40 a.m. crash and the morning commute! What a mess. Let’s just be thankful that the second truck didn’t lose its load — it was carrying candy. Imagine if that had been Mentos!

So, when people ask “What could possibly happen?” now you’ve got a couple more unexpected examples.  What’s the strangest interruption, disruption, disaster story you’ve heard? Email it to me and we’ll run a mashup of mishaps in an upcoming issue of Drive.

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