A tomato spill in Elk Grove, CA. (Photo from the Consumnes Fire Department on Twitter.)

The great California tomato spills are continuing. On Monday, a truck crash on I-80 near Vacaville (around 35 miles southwest of Sacramento) spilled an estimated 50,000 pounds of tomatoes on the freeway. On Friday, a trailer detached from a southbound truck on I-5 in Elk Grove (around 15 miles southeast of Sacramento, and about 50 miles of driving distance from Vacaville), leading to another tomato spill. Here are some looks at that:

Here’s more from that Sacramento Bee story on Friday’s crash, by Michael McGough:

Running late in morning rush-hour traffic? Time to ketchup.

For the second time this week, a truck carrying tomatoes spilled on a Northern California freeway near Sacramento, painting the roadway red and causing delays.

A trailer carrying the fruit detached from a truck around 7:45 a.m. Friday on southbound Interstate 5, south of Elk Grove Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol’s online activity log.

Good punning, Bee, good punning. Here’s their video on this as well:

And here are some images of Monday’s crash:

As many noted, too, this week also saw an alfredo sauce spill in Tennessee. That led to some good jokes:


There have been plenty of notable food spills before, from avocados to chicken tenders to assorted meats to vodka. But it’s certainly unusual to see two involving the same food in a week, and for them to be within 50 miles of each other.

[UPI Odd News/The Sacramento Bee, photo from the Cosumnes Fire Department on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.