Fries, anyone? Ketchup crash snarls traffic in Nevada
They didn’t need any ambulances, but they could’ve used some fries.
What looked like a potentially grim mess Thursday on U.S. Interstate 80 in Reno, Nev., was just the aftermath of a wreck involving a semi-trailer truck hauling thousands of bottles of Heinz ketchup.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that no one was hurt when the truck driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit a bridge in the median on the west edge of town. The crash ripped open the trailer, dumping the load and snarling traffic for more than an hour.
Nevada Patrol Sgt. Janay Sherven said there was “red everywhere.” She told the newspaper, “No bodies, no people, just ketchup.”
State transportation crews used snow plows to help clear the highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Thousands of caterpillars seized at UK airport
British customs agents made a creepy discovery when an airline passenger was found with 207 pounds of caterpillars in his luggage. The man said they were intended as food for personal consumption.
The U.K. Border Force said Friday that inspectors at London’s Gatwick Airport found the dried caterpillars shrink-wrapped in cellophane and packed into hessian bags carried by a passenger traveling from Burkina Faso via Istanbul.
The caterpillars were seized by authorities after the Feb. 23 find because they breached restrictions on importing animal products. The 22-year-old passenger was let off with a warning.
Border Force spokeswoman Ingrid Smith said “the vigilance of our officers has stopped these dried insects from entering the U.K., and possibly posing a risk to our food chain.”
Town tries to scare birds with water tower carcass
A central Georgia town plans to adorn its water tower with a buzzard carcass — and it’s not an attempt to attract tourists.
Rather, Sandersville hopes to scare off live buzzards that plague the area by relieving themselves on cellphone antennas.
The Telegraph reported that the town will use a buzzard carcass made with real wings and tail feathers to ward off the real birds. The carcass is sold by the Department of Agriculture for $125.
Officials said the carcass should be in place on the Sandersville skyline as soon as a worker from the phone company can mount it in place.