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Avocado Truck Crash Results in Interstate Closure and Badly Burned Cargo

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Approximately 40,000 pounds of avocados were spilled across Interstate 35E in Texas when the truck that was carrying them crashed and caught fire. The incident forced the closure of the highway for a period of roughly three hours, which caused severe backups.

The fruit was strewn across the highway in Forreston, Texas during the crash. After catching fire, footage at the scene showed huge smoke plumes coming from the wreckage, which dozens of firefighters were working to manage. Walking through a number of boxes of burnt, blackened avocados, the estimated cost of the lost product came in at approximately $64,000.

Thankfully, nobody was injured in the crash which closed the interstate and snarled traffic all that time, however, the Texas Department of Public Safety has yet to release an official cause for the incident. In the meantime, they have indicated that it may have been a mechanical issue. The aftermath of the incident, which happened south of Waxahachie in the afternoon hours of the day, was also filmed by local news crews from the air, witnessing the avocado crates spilled and burning, as well as the interstate closure which was reopened by 2:30 p.m.

Thought to have originated in Central and South America as well as Mexico, avocado trees were first planted in the U.S. in 1833, in the state of Florida, and in California in 1856. At present, the state of California accounts for the majority of this fruit’s production here in the U.S. Although fluctuating over time, the consumption of avocados in the U.S. has grown since 1970 from just over one pound per person to seven pounds per person in 2014 (a record high.) Due to demand, the U.S. also imports avocados from Mexico, Chile, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.