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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Upstate South Carolina egg truck cracks on its way to the Duke's factory

"We scrambled to respond"

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM

click to enlarge Thousands of pounds of eggs separated from a tanker truck in Spartanburg County on Tuesday - SPARTANBURG COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
  • Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management
  • Thousands of pounds of eggs separated from a tanker truck in Spartanburg County on Tuesday

It's a scene straight out of "The Andy Griffith Show." A truck full of liquefied eggs went over hard on the side of an Upstate highway yesterday as it made its way to the Duke's Mayonnaise plant in Mauldin, spilling a reported 47,000 pounds of runny yolk on the side of the road.

Crews reportedly spent all-day Tuesday cleaning up the mess, which seemed to have been confined to the ditch alongside I-85 South in Spartanburg County. The truck's driver, who swerved to avoid traffic, was reportedly cited for driving too fast for conditions.

"This was definitely a first for us," Spartanburg Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Bryson told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "We scrambled to respond to that one."

The eggcident shouldn't set Duke's back too much though. The Upstate factory handles an estimated 70,000 pounds of the stuff a day, the New York Times' Kim Severson reported from Mauldin last month. Duke's, unlike its rival Hellman's, uses only egg yolks in its Southern standard.

If you've ever wanted a master class in how to clean up a cracked egg truck, check out the county's Facebook album for more than two-dozen photos of the hard-boiled crews at work.


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