The Most Beautiful Truck Crash Ever

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A truck carrying 8,000 gallons of printer ink flipped over on an interstate in Peabody, Massachusetts this morning, resulting in what must be the most colorful car crash in history. No one was injured, so feel free to enjoy the aftermath with child-like glee.

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The photo above, snapped by Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe, shows the technicolor scene resulting from the spill.

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Joe Ferson, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed that 16,000 pounds of red, blue, and yellow ink cartridges from an Indianapolis-based printing company were involved in the crash, though thankfully, the Globe reports, "Ferson said there is no evidence the yellow ink was released." After my investigation of the relavent photographs, however, I must dispute his claim.

Clean-up crews were quick to respond to the scene, soaking up the rivers of ink with sand, though some sections of the ramp will reportedly require repaving—is the driver responsible for what must be like $30 gazillion dollars ink cartridges?—and some of the ink has already seeped into nearby storm drains. It isn't considered an environmental hazard, but state environmental officials are nevertheless on-site overseeing the cleanup.

The on-ramp is expected to remain closed throughout the evening. Meanwhile, at an office somewhere in America, toner is presumably running very low. [Boston Globe, Image: Winslow Townson]

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They had to strip the pavement overnight due to concerns that ink that had seeped into the asphalt would come up last night/today with heavy rains predicted. The whole section will be repaved within a week. Nowhere is it reported who the hell pays for this? Presumably the driver of the truck is at fault, so does his company eat the emergency repaving costs? Do MA residents? Or is this spread over all taxpayers and covered by the Feds. Nobody has mentioned that yet.