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Truck spills load of grapefruit onto Florida's Turnpike

By
Ben Hooper

Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Florida Highway Patrol said traffic on a stretch of highway came to a standstill when a truck lost its load of up to 1,000 grapefruits.

Lt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the highway patrol, said the crates inside the truck broke about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday and the fruits spilled out onto Florida's Turnpike in Ocoee, which is in Orange County.

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"Usually when any type of produce, food, you know, any kind of load is spilled on the roadway, it's typically from a crash or a load shifting," Montes told the Tampa Bay Times. "It is not common that this happened."

Troopers said traffic came to a full halt for about 10 minutes before police and road crews were able to open a single lane of traffic.

No injuries resulted from the spill, which was fully cleared from the roadway by 4 p.m.

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