Gravy required: Mashed potato spill in England causes road closure in North Yorkshire

The "Instant Mash situation" caused a section of the A64 to be shut down for six hours.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

NORTH YORKSHIRE , England, June 23 (UPI) -- Traffic on a section of the A64 was halted for hours so that North Yorkshire Police could cook up a way to deal with a massive mashed potato spill.

The "Instant Mash situation" was caused by a lorry spilling a load of mashed potatoes that quickly "swelled up" and created perilous driving conditions that made the road as slick as an "ice rink."

"It was like a sea of white," a witness told the Daily Mail. "I was about a mile away from where it happened but I could still see it. At first I just didn't know what it was. I heard it was mash potato, but I am not sure whether it was mashed before or after the spillage."

Emergency crews used plows, hoses and chemicals to help deal with the situation and the road was eventually re-opened after about six hours.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Texas girl's nonstop sneezing baffles doctors
Burger King's black bun blamed for customers' green poop
Danish 'Do It For Mom' ad suggests sex vacations for adult children
Alaska Airlines misplaced its own CEO's luggage
Semi truck caught on camera crossing South Carolina flood waters