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Tractor-trailer crashes, spilling thousands of pounds of dairy products

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A tractor trailer carrying 45,000 lbs of dairy products crashed early Friday morning. (Source: WRTV/CNN) A tractor trailer carrying 45,000 lbs of dairy products crashed early Friday morning. (Source: WRTV/CNN)
The truck was carrying butter and whipped cream. (Source: WRTV/CNN) The truck was carrying butter and whipped cream. (Source: WRTV/CNN)
It took crews several hours to clean up the mess. (Source: WRTV/CNN) It took crews several hours to clean up the mess. (Source: WRTV/CNN)

(WRTV/CNN) – All lanes along I-465 in Indianapolis are back open after a buttery mess was left on the highway early Friday morning.

You could call it an udder mess as 45,000 pounds of butter and whipped cream was spilled on the south side of the city.

Crews arrived around 3:30 a.m. after the driver of the dairy truck fell asleep behind the well and crashed.

State police and tow truck drivers were tasked with the job of not only towing away the truck, but figuring out what to do with the spilled dairy products.

"It’s a pretty good mess,” Isenberg said. “One of the worst ones I’ve seen for a while."

John Isenberg, who has been with Hix Towing for 30 years, laughed when he heard that state police thought it wouldn’t take long before the road was reopened.

"More to it than just picking it up, we've got to get some sand, got to get the road back so you can operate on it," Isenberg said.

That’s because that much butter makes for a very slick situation.

"It's almost like having oil all over the highway."

It’s why, even though the accident happened in the early hours, crews were hard at work with shovels, a bobcat, dumpsters, a number of trucks and everything from sand to a substance called oil dry, to get the road reopened.

"Just another day at work."

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