A whole lot of avocados got rather toasted in Texas Thursday. A semi-truck carrying 20 tons (40,000 pounds) caught fire on northbound Interstate 35E around 11:15 a.m., near the town of Forreston, which is south of Dallas. That led to the whole northbound interstate being shut down. KXAS-TV (NBC 5), the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate, has more on the case, including this video report:
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the 18-wheeler was carrying 40,000 pounds of avocados, but it’s unknown if there was a crash or if the big rig caught fire.
Texas Sky Rangers spotted what was left of the big rig and load of avocados blocking the northbound lanes of I-35E.
Only the southbound lanes of I-35E were getting by as crews worked to clean up the debris. The DPS said the avocados would have to be off-loaded before what was left of the big rig could be moved off the road.
Holy guacamole, that’s a lot of burning avocados. And no doubt someone somewhere is already blaming millennials. After all, if they spent more on housing and less on avocado toast, this truck wouldn’t have needed to be on the road in the first place, right?
But hey, the fiery demise of these avocados means no one will injure themselves trying to cut one, baseball player or no. Burning the avocados also prevents them from being involved in any heists. But still, when we asked for avocado toast, this wasn’t what we ordered.