Tanker Spills 5,000 Gallons of Milk

Maryland milk truck makes huge mess

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Drivers in Maryland are probably getting pretty tired of hearing the joke about crying over spilled milk, as traffic in Beallsville, Md., was disrupted for an extended period of time yesterday due to a 5,000-gallon milk spill in the middle of the road.

A milk tanker overturned Friday afternoon at an intersection about 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Rescue workers arrived at the scene to discover the truck on its side and gushing raw milk and diesel fuel.

The driver was not hurt, and milk is not particularly dangerous, but hazardous materials teams were called in to deal with the spilled diesel fuel. According to The Huffington Post, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Beth Ann Nessult said the clean up was a "big operation."

Initially the spill was reported to be 50,000 gallons, but has since been corrected to just 5,000 gallons, which sounds less impressive by comparison, but is still a whole lot of milk.