Nightmare on I-696: Truck Unwittingly Dumps Hundreds Of Pumpkins On Detroit Highway

Early Wednesday morning, Michigan State Police received a 911 call from a motorist traveling east on Interstate 696 in Farmington Hills. The crime? Bouncing pumpkins, flying off the back of a semi truck and onto the highway. The driver of the truck, Brian Rose, was delivering the pumpkins to a grocery store, and apparently had no idea that he was losing pumpkins until cops pulled him over and showed him the back of his semi. By then, it was too late; the highway was littered with over 200 pumpkins, closing one lane of traffic during the morning rush. “They were bouncing off people’s cars,” Michigan State Police Sgt. James Kemp told Tammy Stables Battaglia of the Detroit Free Press. “One windshield was shattered, but at least he didn’t get hurt.”

Rose — who can be cited for having an unstable load, which carries a maximum fine of $150 — told ABC 7’s Malcolm Maddox that he was cut off and hit a pillar under the bridge, which must have torn open the back of the truck.

FOX 2’s Al Allen later reported, in between awkward pumpkin pie jokes, that plow trucks from the Oakland County Road Commission showed up around 8 a.m. to clear the debris. He then reassured viewers that there had been no accidents caused by the pumpkins, “because most of the motorists hit them and, of course, crushed them.”

Enjoy video of the early Halloween treat, courtesy of WJBK in Detroit, below:

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